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Rebekah Jones Twitter Suspended | National Review

Rebekah Jones during an interview with WPTV News in 2020 (Screengrab via YouTube)

Twitter has suspended the account of Rebekah Jones, the former dashboard manager for the Florida Department of Health who falsely claimed she was ordered to alter raw data in order to make the state’s coronavirus response look better.

Jones initially claimed she was fired from her role as a dashboard manager over her refusal to alter the state’s COVID data to protect the reputation of the DeSantis administration, but public records obtained by National Review‘s Charles Cooke show that she never had access to the raw data in the first place — and was in fact fired for repeated performance failures and insubordination.

After being confronted with her own personnel records, Jones admitted that she was “never” asked to delete information on coronavirus deaths from the public dashboard and went so far as to say she had never claimed otherwise, despite the existence of numerous tweets and other public statements in which she clearly accused her superiors of ordering her to cover up the true number of COVID deaths in Florida.

Jared Moskowitz, the Democratic former head of Florida’s emergency management department, said Jones was running a “disinformation campaign” about the state’s coronavirus response in comments to Politico.

Jones, who has been accused of buying Twitter followers, told journalist Forrest Saunders that her account was suspended because of her “overzealous” sharing of a Miami Herald article for which she was interviewed. In a message to Jones obtained by Twitter user MaxNordau, Twitter wrote that her account violated “rules against platform manipulation and spam.”

National Review has reached out to Twitter for comment.

Governor Ron DeSantis applauded the suspension in a statement on Monday.

“This decision was long overdue. Rebekah Jones is the Typhoid Mary of COVID-19 disinformation and has harmed many hardworking DOH employees with her defamatory conspiracy theories,” DeSantis’s office said in a statement.

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Zachary Evans is a news writer for National Review Online. He is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and a trained violist.




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