FACEBOOK AND TWITTER REMOVE TRUMP’S POSTS ABOUT COVID-19 OVER MISINFORMATION


07/08/2020




İrem UZUN -TDO- Facebook Inc has taken down a post by U.S. President Donald Trump, which the company said violated its rules against sharing misinformation about the coronavirus.

"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 said on Wednesday evening. It was the first time the company had taken action to remove content posted by the president based on its coronavirus-misinformation policy, but not the first time it has penalized Trump over content on his page. On Wednesday, Twitter said it had frozen the @TeamTrump account because it posted the same interview excerpt, which President Trump's account shared. A Twitter spokesman said the @TeamTrump tweet "is in violation of the Twitter Rules on COVID-19 misinformation".

The deleted post contained a video clip from an interview earlier on Wednesday, in which Trump claimed that children are "almost immune" to COVID-19. "If you look at children, children are almost immune from this disease,” he said. "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,” he added.

The Trump campaign accused the companies of bias against the president, saying Trump had stated a fact. “Social media companies are not the arbiters of truth,” Courtney Parella, a spokeswoman with the campaign said.


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