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In the latest bombshell of “The Twitter Files,” mega-billionaire and new Twitter boss Elon Musk released internal documents that prove the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer participated in the flagging and censoring of Americans on social media.
This censorship was clearly aimed at coercing the public to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and booster shots.
Wow. Alex Berenson says former FDA Commissioner and current Pfizer board member Scott Gottlieb colluded with Twitter to ban him for daring to be skeptical about the vaccine. pic.twitter.com/cTBOKg6SqV
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) October 14, 2022
Emails obtained by the news outlet Substack from Musk show that Pfizer board member, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, worked to censor Americans in August 2021. Gottlieb is also the former FDA commissioner.
Pfizer apparently didn’t like people sharing scientifically accurate information that disincentivized some Americans from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine or booster shots.
For example, if individuals recently overcame an infection or have natural immunity, there was little if any justification for vaccination.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb emailed Twitter’s senior public policy manager Todd O’Boyle and flagged a tweet written by former Trump administration official Dr. Brett Giroir.
Pfizer, the company that got sued for $2.3 billion for kickbacks, false advertising, and data manipulatation is now approved by the FDA.
Scott Gottlieb served as the 23rd commissioner of the FDA. He's now on the board of directors for Pfizer. Still safe and effective, right? pic.twitter.com/8b6LfFfsJz
— J.D. (@JD50443537) August 24, 2021
Former Trump official Dr. Giroir wrote to Twitter at the time, “It’s now clear #COVID19 natural immunity is superior to #vaccine immunity, by ALOT. There’s no scientific justification for #vax proof if a person had prior infection.”
“This is the kind of stuff that’s corrosive,” Gottlieb told O’Boyle. “Here he draws a sweeping conclusion off a single retrospective study in Israel that hasn’t been peer reviewed.”
“But this tweet will end up going viral and driving news coverage,” the Pfizer board member complained.
Then Twitter employee Todd O’Boyle forward Pfizer’s email to Twitter’s “Strategist Response” team and he wrote, “Please see this report from the former FDA commissioner.”
— Gain of Fauci (@DschlopesIsBack) January 9, 2023
Dr. Giroir’s tweet was promptly censored and labeled “misleading.”
Going even further, Twitter blocked any ability to like or share the tweet. Instead, Twitter produce a message that read: “Learn why health officials recommend a vaccine for most people.”
Again in September 2021, Pfizer board member and former FDA commissioner Dr. Gottlieb flagged another tweet from COVID policy critic Justin Hart.
Hart said, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but a viral pathogen with a child mortality rate of ~0% has cost our children nearly three years of schooling.”
Not long after, Pfizer successfully got the FDA to approve their new drug for children 5 to 11, representing another massive market for Pfizer.
Scott Gottleib is a board member of Pfizer and a senior fellow of the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC. Scott Gottleib became very wealthy from COVID #PharmaSwamphttps://t.co/wyotY6Az2s
— Erich Hartmann (@erichhartmann) January 9, 2023
Substack writer Alex Berenson argues that Dr. Gottlieb clearly had an incentive to “convince parents that COVID was a real threat to their kids.”
In August 2021, Dr. Gottlieb flagged a tweet by Berenson that was critical of Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Dr. Gottlieb said, “This is whats promoted on Twitter. This is why Tony needs a security detail.”
Dr. Gottlieb said Musk’s disclosed emails are missing some context.
He writes, “In the past, I’ve raised concerns with Twitter related to the safety of me and others, and threats being made on the platform.”
“This included direct as well as specific threats. Sometimes it included statements that I believed were purposely false and inflammatory,” Gottlieb wrote. “The selective disclosure of my private communications with Twitter stokes the threat environment.”
“So does actions that empower people who’ve shown little restraint when it comes to purposeful vitriol. It instigates more menacing dialogue, with potentially serious consequences.”
Gottlieb shared some other emails that he sent to Twitter flagging threatening tweets directed towards him and his family.
Dr. Gottlieb regularly appears on CNBC to provide Americans information about pharmaceutical companies and drugs.