Facebook just took down a Trump post that claimed kids are immune to COVID-19

Facebook just took down a Trump post that claimed kids are immune to COVID-19

 

Facebook took down a video President Trump posted to his account Wednesday, citing its rules against false claims about the coronavirus.

 

The decision to remove the video signals a new direction for Facebook, which has been taking incremental steps recently to distance itself from the perception that the company deliberately turns a blind eye to the president’s potentially harmful behavior.

 

The video in question was a clip from a Fox News segment from Wednesday morning in which the president makes the unsubstantiated claim that children are “almost immune” to COVID-19.

 

 

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While much remains unknown about the novel coronavirus, children can contract COVID-19; and are believed to be able to spread it to others, even without symptoms.

 

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.

 

Facebook’s Liz Bourgeois said in a statement provided to TechCrunch.

 

Twitter also removed a link to the same video clip; which the official Trump Twitter account @TeamTrump shared earlier on Wednesday.

 

Links to the tweet now point Twitter users to a message that the tweet violated Twitter’s rules; and is no longer available.

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