Noted COVID Response Critic Alex Berenson Reinstated by Twitter Following Lawsuit – Opinion

Twitter has reinstated Alex Berenson (COVID Response critic, former New York Times reporter) on Wednesday. Berenson sued Twitter in response to his August 2021 banishment. Berenson settled the case with Twitter in late June. The terms of the settlement were not revealed. The tech giant was forced to eat a little crow, though, admitting that his “tweets should have not led to [his] (Berenson’s) suspension at that time.”

Berenson raised concerns about the mRNA-COVID vaccines early on. His main communication tool was Twitter, which he used to connect with his 351,000 Twitter followers. Often pithy, even more often controversial, he was one of the trusted sources for the crowd that didn’t particularly believe in Chief Medical Advisor to the President, Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Berenson often came into conflict with Twitter’s mysterious and censorious rules of conduct, and after his fifth “strike,” he was permanently banned. I guess it wasn’t so permanent after all.

This tweet was what finally got him in.

This tweet was removed by the suspension of last August. He republished it Wednesday morning. “It doesn’t stop infection. Or transmission,” Berenson writes. These are obvious true statements. But at that time, Joe Biden and Tony Fauci, Big Tech, didn’t want you to make them.

Infamously dubbed “the Pandemic’s Wrongest Man” by Atlantic, Berenson explains the ban on his Substack site, “Unreported Truths“:

Recall that I was banned by Twitter last August after five strikes were issued under the Covid-19 misinformation policy. Which meant I’d supposedly made “claims of fact” that were “demonstrably false or misleading” and “likely to impact public safety or cause serious harm” (that’s the policy, that’s what it takes to get a strike, look it up).

The problem with the Twitter ban is that every single thing Berenson posits in his “fifth strike” tweet is It is true. COVID vaccines don’t stop infection, don’t stop transmission, and they are basically “therapeutic[s] with a limited window of efficacy and terrible side effect profile that must be dosed IN ADVANCE OF ILLNESS.”  Most of those claims are, by now, accepted facts. The only quibble one could take with him is his claim of a “terrible” side effect profile—some vax advocates might argue that the side effects aren’t so terrible. But that’s just his opinion, and it’s not misinformation.

It’s a beautiful day when Twitter has to admit that, too.

Berenson took a victory lap on another Substack post, dreaming up alternate tweets that he could have posted but didn’t. Many of them are hysterical; here’s a few:

Permanent suspensions aren’t what they used to be.

My “permanent suspension” lasted 10 months. About twice as long as “immunity.”

It is a wonderful smell to wake up in the morning and feel resolute.

What does the possible Elon Musk ownership Twitter has to do with Twitter’s eventual settlement? Berenson doesn’t think so:

But I want to say this: At least from my point of view, Elon Musk had nothing to do with what’s happening here. I emailed Musk briefly about the suit in April, after Twitter accepted his offer and before Judge William Alsup rejected Twitter’s motion to dismiss and allowed my lawsuit to proceed…

Musk didn’t email back.

Berenson is no stranger to censorship; he wrote a 2021 book called “Pandemia: How Coronavirus Hysteria Took Over Our Government, Rights, and Lives” which was inexplicably banned by Amazon (a decision they later reversed after outcry from Elon Musk and others).  You don’t have to agree with the “Pandemic’s Wrongest Man,” you don’t have to buy his books or read his tweets. He deserves to speak.

The crush of the censorship efforts from government, Big Tech, and the mainstream media during these past few years has been scary for freedom-lovers to watch, but this win—even if it’s only a settlement—is a big step forward in the push to fight back.

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