The social media platform recently rebranded as X, took down a fact-check from a post by Elon Musk, the owner of the company. In his post, Musk linked a college basketball player’s (Bronny James) cardiac arrest to the Covid-19 vaccine. Musk has a history of promoting conspiracy theories and unconventional ideas.
Musk’s response to the player’s cardiac arrest was that while not everything can be attributed to the vaccine, myocarditis is a known side effect. The fact-check, citing sources from CBS News and the Yale School of Medicine, pointed out that the risk of myocarditis is significantly higher after a Covid infection than after receiving the Covid-19 vaccine, especially in adolescent boys. Although the platform later removed the fact-check, there is no clear reason as to why. It is currently unknown whether the basketball player has myocarditis or the cause of his cardiac arrest.
Elon Musk’s inclination towards vaccine skepticism and conspiracy theories is not a recent development. He has previously expressed doubts about various issues and made controversial statements about individuals such as George Soros and a vaccine expert, Dr. Peter Hotez. Additionally, Musk has given a platform to Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a well-known anti-vaccine figure.