Scott Atlas, an adviser to United States President Donald Trump, downplayed the face masks in a tweet, saying they are not capable of preventing the spread of coronavirus. Micro-bogging website Twitter didn’t take much time to block the tweet by Atlas.

“Masks work? NO,” Atlas, who joined the White House as a science adviser in August, had tweeted.

According to Twitter, the tweet violated its policy that prohibits posting fake, false or misleading information in relation to the coronavirus pandemic. Twitter spokesperson said the misinformation could lead to harm. The policy has been set by Twitter in consultation with health experts and public health authorities.

In some of the cases, Twitter goes on to disable the account of the one who posted misinformation on COVID-19.

Earlier on many occasions, Trump has downplayed the usage of masks in prevention against the coronavirus. The US President recently contracted the virus but he continued to criticise the face masks. More than 215,000 Americans has been died due to COVID-19.

Atlas shared an email sent to Twitter, asking for justification of the censorship.

“I don’t understand why the tweets were deleted,” Atlas said, adding that his tweet was intended to show that “general population masks and mask mandates do not work”.

In August, President Trump had heaped praise on Atlas while introducing him in a press conference saying: “He’s working with us and will be working with us on the coronavirus. And he has many great ideas. And he thinks what we’ve done is really good, and now we’ll take it to a new level”.