Critics are slamming Twitter after its fact-checkers added a ‘misleading’ alert to an obituary about a young woman who reportedly died after contracting a rare blood-clotting disease induced by the COVID-19 vaccine.
Twitter user Kelly Bee shared the obituary for Jessica Berg Wilson, of Seattle, with the caption ‘an “exceptionally healthy and vibrant 37-year-old young mother with no underlying health conditions,” passed away from COVID Vaccine-Induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia. She did not want to get vaccinated.’
Twitter flagged the tweet as ‘misleading’ with a link to an article on ‘why health officials consider COVID-19 vaccines safe for most people.’ The tweet was also ‘shadow banned,’ meaning it cannot be replied to, shared or liked.
Wilson, a 37-year-old mother-of-two, died on September 7 of Vaccine-Induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia, a rare blood disease in which tiny clots form throughout the body, destroying platelets and preventing the blood from reaching vital organs, according to the obituary.
The tweet came from an unverified Twitter user named Kelly Bee, who shared the The Oregonian’s obituary for Jessica Berg Wilson, of Seattle
Most critics were disgusted that Twitter was ‘censoring’ an obituary and reacting by encouraging their followers to help it go viral despite the company’s alert. Kelly Bee posted it Friday and Twitter has since removed the ‘misleading’ label and lifted the shadow ban. The tweet garnered 7,193 quote tweets, 4,167 retweets and 4,222 likes as of Sunday night.
After posting it Friday, Kelly Bee followed up with another tweet and wrote, ‘Twitter has shadow banned this obituary for being ‘misleading.’ It’s not. Please RT, so this BS backfires on them.’
Republican Texas Rep. Chip Roy tweeted the obituary with the caption, ‘For [on Twitter] we are not afraid to follow the truth wherever it may lead,’ unless of course it contradicts what Dr. Fauci or the enlightened government and tech overlords say you must do for your healthcare… #HealthcareFreedom.’
Sebastian Gorka, who served in the Department of Defense under former President Donald Trump, tagged Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in a post asking what about the obituary is misleading. He wrote, ‘Hey @jack, Jessica was healthy and died. Why are you censoring that fact as ‘misleading??’ ‘
Twitter’s fact checkers added a ‘misleading’ label to an obituary about a young woman who died after contracting a disease induced by the COVID-19 vaccine. The woman, Jessica Berg Wilson, is pictured above with her husband Tom and their daughters Clara (left), 3, and Bridget, 5
A number of conservative bloggers also retweeted the obituary, including Ben Domenech, a writer for The Federalist, who wrote, ‘Who @Twitter decided it was okay to say an OBITUARY is ‘misleading’?’
Sean Davis, also of The Federalist, wrote, ‘Twitter is now censoring obituaries.’
Tyler Cardon, the CEO of Blaze Media, tweeted it with the caption, ‘There is nothing inaccurate or misleading about this Tweet, but Twitter wants you to believe there is.’
Outspoken conservative actress Gina Carano shared the obituary and tweeted, ‘When is enough going to be enough? The vaccine is obviously not for everyone. Check the [Vaccine Adverse Event Recording System] report. I know someone who passed away from the vaccine as well. Healthy 56 year old woman. The vaccine took her out in 3 days. These Biden mandates are murdering these people.’
Carano referenced the VAERS, a government website that allows users to share any side effects they’ve experienced after getting vaccinated.
Another Twitter user named Penny, whose bio simply reads ‘anti-Communist,’ shared the tweet with the caption, ‘To flag obits as misinformation is a new low, even for Twitter.’ And Twitter user Brian, whose bio lists that he’s a law student, tweeted the obituary with the caption, ‘The social media censors won’t let you retweet the original tweet. Let’s make this tweet go viral.’
Jessica Berg Wilson’s greatest goal in life, according to the obituary, was to ‘be the best mother possible’ to her daughters Bridget, 5, and Clara, 3.
‘Nothing would stand in her way to be present in their lives,’ it reads. ‘During the last weeks of her life, however, the world turned dark with heavy-handed vaccine mandates. Local and state governments were determined to strip away her right to consult her wisdom and enjoy her freedom. She had been vehemently opposed to taking the vaccine, knowing she was in good health and of a young age and thus not at risk for serious illness. In her mind, the known and unknown risks of the unproven vaccine were more of a threat.’
The obituary continues to disparage government vaccine mandates as leading to Berg Wilson’s death, stating, ‘But, slowly, day by day, her freedom to choose was stripped away. Her passion to be actively involved in her children’s education—which included being a Room Mom—was, once again, blocked by government mandate.
Ultimately, those who closed doors and separated mothers from their children prevailed. It cost Jessica her life. It cost her children the loving embrace of their caring mother. And it cost her husband the sacred love of his devoted wife. It cost God’s Kingdom on earth a very special soul who was just making her love felt in the hearts of so many.’
In lieu of flowers, Berg Wilson’s family requested that those mourning her donate to the Sacred Heart Shelter for Families.
The obituary does not state which vaccine Berg Wilson received, when she was diagnosed with VITT or if she sought treatment for the disease before succumbing to it.
The blood-clot disease does not occur in patients who receive the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, but has been reported in 0.9 million people who received the Johnson and Johnson shot and 3.6 million people who opted for the Astra Zeneca vaccine, according to the American College of Cardiology.
The ACC states that there have been 207 cases of VITT per million patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and 2.4 cases of VITT per million people living in the US. While the disease can be fatal, it is treatable through plasma transplant.