The organization was allegedly suspended over comments regarding mRNA vaccines.
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
The Twitter account of the Nation of Islam – the religious movement led by controversial figure Louis Farrakhan, who has a history of promoting antisemitic conspiracy theories – was suspended.The suspension, which allegedly took place on Tuesday, seems to have been over the account's criticism of mRNA vaccines, which are used by companies like Moderna and Pfizer to combat COVID-19, according to the Electronic Urban Report news outlet.Many users on Twitter who support the Nation of Islam voiced outrage at the ban, criticizing the perceived censorship of the platform, though others had positive responses.However, this is not the first time the organization was embroiled in social media controversy over coronavirus vaccines.Back in March, Nation of Islam leader Farrakhan was warned by Twitter after spreading vaccine misinformation in a video of his annual Savior's Day speech, according to Fox News. In the video, Farrakhan had dubbed the vaccine a "vial of death" and made comparisons to the Kool-Aid used by the infamous "People's Temple" cult of the 1970s. The video was deleted from social media.The Nation of Islam's Rizza Islam is also a major source of vaccine misinformation on social media, as noted by the Anti-Defamation League.