A Kenyan Twitter user has revealed how he temporarily lost access to his profile on Tuesday night after the platform locked him out of his own account as punishment for publishing information related to a controversial topic.
In an email sent to the London-based Researcher who enjoys a significant online audience, they made it a compulsory condition for him to delete the contentious post if he wished to be allowed back to the app.
In his earlier tweet posted on December 20th 2021, Francis Wanjiku had written to the Ministry of Health seeking clarification in regards to the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination exercise.
This is after one of his friends was hospitalized with a severe side effect induced by the vaccine.
“My friend has been hospitalized in Nairobi due to Thrombosis caused by the Covid vaccine,” he wrote, adding, “Why isn’t MoH talking about these side effects if people are being hospitalized?”
But according to Twitter, his remarks went against their COVID-19 Vaccine “misinformation” guidelines.
“Under this policy, we require the removal of content that may pose a risk to people’s health,” read part of the message.
On vaccines and blood clotting, cases were initially reported with the Oxford – AstraZeneca (AZ) or the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine.
At first, there was great uncertainty and debate because experts noted that similar conditions can occur naturally, and the rates of incidence were not greater than those expected to occur in the general population.
It also became apparent that younger people were more at risk –– possibly because of a more robust immune response to the vaccine.
Even more surprising is why the Mutahi Kagwe-led ministry has chosen to remain silent to for openness and transparency on matters vaccines and their side effects.