Earlier in the day, Jena Friedman, a comedian who wrote for “The Daily Show” under Jon Stewart, tweeted what she called the “BREAKING NEWS.” Twitter users quickly circulated her inaccurate claim.
Friedman, an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, on Saturday tweeted similar "fake news" about the president without attracting much notice.
On Monday, amid backlash from both the right and the left, Friedman joked that she had just been trying to “spark joy. She sought to shift blame to others, including Twitter for “keeping Trump on the platform” and YouTube for “turning your neighbor into a white supremacist.”
Twitter then appeared to remove Friedman's offending tweets for violating its terms of service and to suspend her account. Most of Friedman’s Twitter history was also blocked from public view.
Looks like @JenaFriedman has been suspended, or locked out. You know you've messed up when left-wing Twitter moderators know your tweets are garbage.— John Willow (@JohnathonWillow) May 12, 2020
Great job at hiring @thedailyshow! pic.twitter.com/LVxKN5I0La
Social media platforms, including Twitter, have sought to crack down on what they deem misinformation related to the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19.
Neither Friedman or Twitter immediately responded to requests for comment.
On Tuesday afternoon, though, Friedman returned to Twitter, saying: “Good morning, what’d I miss?”
The coronavirus has so far killed more than 80,000 Americans from among nearly 1.4 million confirmed cases, according to official figures. One U.S. senator, McConnell’s fellow Kentucky Republican Rand Paul, and five House members have been infected along with a number of White House staffers.