Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN)


Twitter locks account belonging to nonprofit over tweet about new Fauci email leaks: Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN) said it was suspended from Twitter after the platform locked its account for violating policies on "spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19." The violating tweet from ICAN that triggered Twitter's actions said that the nonprofit "FOIA'd NIH 4 docs on COVID-19, including requests for Fauci’s emails." ICAN also said in the violating tweet that they received approximately "3,000 pages of emails dating from early February 2020 through May 2020. Read [sic] Fauci was saying privately about masks, therapeutics, vaccines, ventilators, and more." The violating tweet followed a massive leak of emails connected to Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Dr. Anthony Fauci, which shed light on the motivations of America's leading expert on the coronavirus. Twitter locked ICAN out of their account for 12 hours, according to discussions with the nonprofit. ICAN was forced to delete the tweet and was allowed to return to the platform after its 12-hour suspension. Another similar tweet that purportedly violated the same Twitter policy remained on the nonprofit's Twitter page even after it was allowed to return to the platform. "Perhaps Twitter reconsidered their initial decision and now our Tweet and its contents are permissible," ICAN's Tom Siebert told Free Speech America in an email regarding the similar tweet that purportedly violated Twitter's rules. "As far as I am aware, there has been no direct explanation from Twitter regarding these events."