Twitter account of Rebekah Jones suspended

Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 5:05 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBS12)Rebekah Jones, a former Florida Department of Health employee who was fired for insubordination, has been suspended by Twitter.

Although it’s unclear why Twitter suspended her account, the social media platform usually does so if the account “violates the Twitter rules.”

According to Florida Politics, Jones says the suspension is in response to a recent Miami Herald story she overshared. She added the account would likely be reinstated soon.

Jones made national headlines in May 2020 claiming that she was ordered to alter COVID data to help the state’s case to reopen. In December 2020, she filed a lawsuit against the Florida Department of Law Enforcement after agents raided her home and seized her equipment.

But, despite repeatedly making these accusations, Jones has offered no proof.

Public health experts and Department of Health Employees consulted by CBS12 News have refuted most of Jones’ claims. Several spoke on the condition of anonymity, with some expressing fear of Jones’ online persona and her hundreds of thousands of dedicated followers.

Then in May, Florida provided Jones whistleblower status, which means she could be reinstated or be eligible for compensation if an investigation finds her firing was in retaliation for the concerns she raised.

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