Twitter Reinstates Famous Journalist Who Questioned COVID Vaccines

( Twitter has decided to reinstate the social media account of author and journalist Alex Berenson.

Earlier in the week, the social media giant and Berenson agreed to a resolution in their censorship lawsuit, and part of that outcome saw the journalist being reinstated on the platform.

Berenson publicly shared his reinstatement statement on Twitter, where the company acknowledged that it had made an error when it suspended his account.

Last year, Twitter ended up suspending Berenson’s account on their platform after they flagged a tweet he sent that was questioning whether the COVID-19 vaccines were effective. He even suggested the vaccines were “at best … a therapeutic with a limited window of efficacy and terrible side effect profile that must be dosed IN ADVANCE OF ILLNESS.”

When Twitter suspended his profile, Berenson then sued the company, accusing them of acting “on behalf of the federal government in censoring and barring him from access to its platform.”

To celebrate his reinstatement, Berenson published a statement on Twitter that read:

“The parties have come to a mutually acceptable resolution. I have been reinstated. Twitter has acknowledged that my tweets should have not led to my suspension at that time.”

Then, as sort of a middle finger to Twitter, Berenson decided to pin the full statement that he posted to his account that read:

“It doesn’t stop infection. Or transmission. Don’t think of it as a vaccine. Think of it — at best — as a therapeutic with a limited window of efficacy and terrible side effect profile that must be dosed IN ADVANCE OF ILLNESS. And we want to mandate it? Insanity.”

Despite the fact that Twitter and Berenson have agreed to a settlement in the lawsuit, the journalist said it “does not end my investigation into the pressures that the government may have placed on Twitter to suspend my account.” He added that, once he has more information on the subject, he would provide it to the public.

Elon Musk, who’s in a heated battle of his own with Twitter over the possibility that he might buy the company, asked Berenson to provide more details on his claim that the government pressured Twitter to suspend his account.

Berenson responded by tweeting:

“I wish I could, @elonmusk, but the settlement with @Twitter prevents me from doing so. However, in the near future I hope and expect to have more to report.”

The move to reinstate Berenson marks the first instance of a big tech company admitting they made a mistake in banning one of their prominent users.

Berenson’s lawsuit isn’t the first that has accused a major tech firm of censoring its users as part of pressure from the federal government. In March, a lawsuit was filed that alleged Twitter ended up censoring many accounts because the federal government pressured them to do so.

That lawsuit was filed by civil liberties attorney Jenin Younes, but the suit was ultimately dismissed back in May. Younes recently commented about Berenson’s reinstatement, tweeting:

“His removal was a disgrace, esp. because it was clearly coordinated by the Government. I hope that he is able to shed light on the degree of unconstitutional government involvement in social media censorship as he has promised.”