An outside the box solution

More on the Federalist’s “let’s let the young people get C19 in hopes of herd immunity”:

Twitter temporarily locked the account of The Federalist Wednesday after the conservative opinion site published a piece, written by a dermatologist based in Oregon, that proposed the deliberate spread of the coronavirus in order to boost immunity to the disease.

The op-ed, penned by Dr. Douglas Perednia, proposed an “outside the box” solution to the current pandemic that flies in the face of advice from experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, who are urging social distancing.

“It is time to think outside the box and seriously consider a somewhat unconventional approach to COVID-19: controlled voluntary infection,” The Federalist wrote in a now-removed tweet linking to the op-ed.

That’s a pull-quote from the article. That’s not a thought experiment, it’s a “let’s consider this” suggestion. Saying let’s consider is a step removed from “let’s do” but it’s not as far removed as a thought experiment. Thought experiments are just that, they’re not suggestions to consider doing a thing.

Twitter initially added a warning to the link stating that the post might be “unsafe.”

Then, according to a Twitter spokesperson, “the account was temporarily locked for violating the Twitter Rules regarding COVID-19.”

It’s great that Twitter could find a few seconds to spare from locking the accounts of women who say that men are not women, in order to lock the account of someone saying we should consider deliberately spreading COVID-19.

The tweet was deleted, and the Federalist Twitter page appears to be back up and running. Twitter has taken aggressive measures to crack down on misinformation surrounding the coronavirus.

Federalist co-founders Sean Davis and Ben Domenech did not respond to Mediaite’s request for comment.

Probably too busy talking to Sean Hannity.

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