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Mayo Clinic sets record straight about 'false, inflammatory' tweet

The tweet, described as "jarring" and "ugly," was posted and removed back in June but resurfaced over the weekend.

Posted: Oct. 16, 2018 6:12 AM
Updated: Oct. 16, 2018 6:27 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - A social media post from a known internet troll claiming to be a Mayo Clinic doctor has ignited a firestorm on Twitter. Now, Mayo Clinic is responding to the tweet, calling it “false” and “inflammatory.” 


It reads: “When Trump supporters come to my office at the Mayo Clinic, I love misdiagnosing their healthy pregnancies as ectopic so they have to abort their white fetuses.”


Lee Aase, Communication Director of Mayo Clinic’s Social Media Team, says the “ugly” and “jarring” tweet was originally posted back in June.


"We reported it to Twitter and it took seven days but Twitter blocked the account, suspended the account, had them take it down,” he explains. “But while it was up people took screen shots of it as well so one of the lessons there is that anything that goes on the internet is really there forever."


Over the weekend, a screenshot resurfaced on Twitter and began circulating social media. Aase tells us several of Mayo’s followers alerted them to the once-deleted Tweet. Now, the medical organization is asking for the public’s help in setting the record straight. They shared a screenshot of their own showing the notice of the Twitter violation.
Mayo Clinic’s message reads: “In June, a troll w/no relationship to Mayo Clinic tweeted a false, inflammatory message that led Twitter to suspend his account until he deleted the tweet. Images of that tweet are again circulating on various social networks. It’s a hoax. Please help us correct it.”


Aase says the social media team is always monitoring for online mentions of Mayo but that it’s helpful when their nearly 2 million followers alert them of situations like this one.
"What we encourage people to do is if they see a post like that is to find the link on our Twitter profile and post that link in the comments so that we can, together, help kind of beat this down and help people know that this is certainly something that would never happen at Mayo Clinic."

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