Twitter Labeled Woman's Obituary as 'Misleading' After Death From Rare Vaccine Complication

Twitter marked an obituary shared on the platform as "misleading" because it attributed a woman's death to blood clots caused by the COVID-19 vaccine she reportedly received only due to state mandates.

Numerous users complained about the post receiving the fact-check label, which also included information on "why health officials consider COVID-19 vaccines safe for most people." The label was removed by Monday morning.

The tweet that received the censor mark included an online obituary published in The Oregonian for 37-year-old Jessica Berg Wilson, a Seattle mother of two who died on September 7. The article attributed her death to "COVID-19 Vaccine-Induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia"—a rare blood disorder that has occurred in a very few instances following the vaccine being administered.

A user with the display name of Kelly Bee, who frequently posts about COVID-related stories, shared the obituary that was fact-checked by Twitter. The post contained a caption noting that Wilson "did not want to get vaccinated."

Seattle, WA — Jessica Berg Wilson, 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. 😥


— Kelly Bee 🐝 (@ke11ybender) October 2, 2021

The Oregonian's obituary said Wilson was "vehemently opposed" to the vaccine. The story added, "In her mind, the known and unknown risks of the unproven vaccine were more of a threat" than the virus.

However, she got vaccinated because Washington state imposed a mandate for teachers and school volunteers (like herself) to get it.

"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," read the obituary, which also noted that Wilson had no underlying health conditions and had been in good health prior to getting vaccinated.

"Her passion to be actively involved in her children's education—which included being a Room Mom—was, once again, blocked by government mandate," the tribute continued. "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."

Among those who objected to Twitter fact-checking the tweet was Representative Chip Roy. The Texas Republican tweeted: "This obituary is 'misleading' says Twitter. '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..."

Newsweek contacted Twitter for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.

Twitter logo
Twitter labeled a tweet "misleading" for containing an obituary of a woman who died due to a rare complication caused by the COVID-19 vaccine. Chesnot/Getty Images