Facebook and Twitter delete Trump post over 'harmful' coronavirus misinformation

Cheryl Sanders
August 6, 2020

Twitter spokeswoman Liz Kelley said the tweet "is in violation of the Twitter Rules on COVID-19 misinformation".

A statement from the company said Team Trump would have to get rid of the offending Tweet before they could continue to publish posts.

Facebook and Twitter have removed a video clip from an interview in which US President Donald Trump claimed children were "almost immune" to coronavirus.

This was not the first time Twitter took action on a Trump post.

As opposed to Twitter, which has flagged Trump tweets for "abusive behavior", Facebook has been reticent to take action.

An earlier version of the report from the Washington Post claimed that they had banned the president's account, but it was revised soon afterward. Social media companies are not the arbiters of truth'. Twitter in turn restricted Trump's re-election campaign account from tweeting at all until it deleted an identical post. He also contended "schools should open" in the fall because "this, it will go away like things go away".

Mr Trump defended his comments when questioned about them during a White House press briefing.

USA public health advice makes clear children have no immunity to Covid-19.

In June, Facebook said it had removed adverts for President Trump's re-election campaign that featured a symbol used in Nazi Germany.

The tweet "is in violation of the Twitter rules on COVID-19 misinformation", a spokesperson for the San Francisco-based service told AFP. However, Team Trump has the right to appeal against Twitter's decision.

Facebook said this is the first time it has completely taken down a post by Trump for pushing coronavirus misinformation, according to The New York Times' reporter Davey Alba.

"If you look at children, I mean, they are able to throw it off very easily".

Children are not immune, nearly or otherwise, to the coronavirus. When Trump would say "they said", Swan would retort, "who said?"

The Trump campaign said in a widely-reported statement that Trump "was stating a fact that children are less susceptible to the coronavirus".

However, a study from South Korea indicates that children that contract COVID-19 are more contagious than adults, which could present a problem if schools reopen across the nation.

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