Dr. David Samadi, once named one of New York City's top doctors by New York Magazine, was suspended by Twitter for 24 hours due to positive comments he made about the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment of COVID-19.
Samadi was flagged for breaking Twitter's policy against "spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19."
Samadi is the director of men's health and urologic oncology at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, New York, as well as a commentator for Fox News and several other media outlets.
One of the offending tweets from the renowned surgeon read, "Hydroxychloroquine works and has worked." In another he wrote, "If this medication can help one person, then I am all for it."
Samadi also blasted the media for their failure to acknowledge the success of the anti-malarial medication.
"Hydroxychloroquine works," he tweeted."This should be worldwide breaking news met with celebration!"
Samadi specifically targeted the New York Times for its reporting that the medication was "unproven" despite the fact that, he said, "we've now gotten proof that hydroxychloroquine works."
Twitter removed Samadi's posts and locked his account. The company has taken an aggressive stance towards censoring and removing information it deems misleading about the pandemic. The official policy warns that administrators will "remove demonstrably false or potentially misleading content that has the highest risk of causing harm."