Facebook Removes Trump Post Over ‘False’ Virus Claims

Cheryl Sanders
August 6, 2020

"This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation", a Facebook spokesperson told AFP. Facebook said the video was removed because it included "false claims".

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced intense criticism, even from his own staff, for not taking action against incendiary posts by Trump about racial protests that were taking place across the US.

Children are not, it bears repeating, nearly or definitely immune from the coronavirus. "Another day, another display of Silicon Valley's flagrant bias against this President, where the rules are only enforced in one direction".

Why it matters: It's the first time that Facebook has removed content from Trump's account for violating policies on coronavirus-related misinformation.

CNN has reached out to Twitter and Fox News for comment. "The younger the better", Trump said last week during a White House briefing with reporters.

'So few, they've got stronger, hard to believe, I don't know how you feel about it, but they've got much stronger immune systems than we do somehow for this.

Several studies suggest, but don't prove, that children are less likely to become infected than adults and more likely to have only mild symptoms.

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