Facebook, Twitter remove Trump coronavirus posts over misinformation (Video)
Facebook Inc on Wednesday took down a post by U.S. President Donald Trump, which the company said violated its rules against sharing misinformation about the coronavirus.
The post contained a video clip from an interview with Fox & Friends earlier in the day, in which Trump declared that children are “almost immune” to COVID-19.
“This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19,
which violates our policies around harmful COVID misinformation,” a Facebook spokesman said.
A tweet containing the video that Trump campaign’s @TeamTrump account tweeted and
shared by the president was also later hidden by Twitter Inc for breaking its COVID-19 misinformation rules.
A Twitter spokesman said the @TeamTrump account owner would be required to remove the tweet before they could tweet again.
The Trump campaign accused the companies of bias against the president, saying Trump had stated a fact.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that while adults make up most of the known COVID-19 cases to date,
some children and infants have been sick with the disease and they can also transmit it to others.
An analysis by the World Health Organization of 6 million infections between Feb. 24
and July 12 found that the share of children aged 5-14 years was about 4.6 per cent.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. During a briefing at the White House, Trump repeated his claim that the virus had little impact on children.
“Children handle it very well,” he told reporters.
“If you look at the numbers, in terms of mortality, fatalities… for children under a certain age…
their immune systems are very, very strong and very powerful.
They seem to be able to handle it very well and that’s according to every statistical claim.”
It was the first time Facebook had removed a Trump post for coronavirus misinformation, the company’s spokesman said.
It also appeared to be the first reported instance of the social media company taking down a post from the president for breaching its misinformation rules.
Watch the speech video below:
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