Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., tried to discredit the latest bombshell release of Twitter Files, but was then called out by company CEO Elon Musk for using outdated and inaccurate information to make his point, the Washington Examiner reported.
After the latest Twitter Files showed that the White House pressured Twitter to suppress alleged “misinformation” on COVID-19, Lieu sent out a message stating that “the tweet you cite is in fact misleading. People of all ages at high risk from COVID generally benefit from vaccines. Prior natural immunity may last only a few months. COVID appears to be a leading cause of death for children.”
Musk responded by saying that Lieu had linked to old data that had “been rewritten” after it was demonstrated to be “flawed and inaccurate,” emphasizing in a tweet that “Ted is linking to misleading data @CommunityNotes.”
After Musk’s response, Lieu deleted his tweet.
Research scientist and ophthalmologist Dr. Houman David Hemmati criticized Lieu, citing the need to “listen to opposing views” and “be open to learning.”
“@Tedlieu is very well meaning but as his constituent I know that he’s gotten sucked into an echo chamber of voices that parrot the same information,” Hemmati wrote on Twitter. “It’s why I urge him to diversify the circle he engages with. Listen to opposing views. Be open to learning. It’ll earn more respect.”
The most recent release of Twitter Files came after previous disclosures demonstrated that government agencies put pressure on Twitter to bow to political pressure regarding the Hunter Biden laptop story, as well as how Twitter handled conservative accounts, the Washington Examiner reported.
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