Facebook, Twitter Remove Trump’s COVID-19 Posts Over False Claims

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Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday took action against Donald Trump for spreading coronavirus misinformation after his official and campaign accounts broke their rules, respectively.

The video was a clip of a phone interview Trump did with Fox News on Wednesday morning in which he pushed for schools to reopen for in-person learning and falsely claimed children are “almost immune” to the virus.

The video was immediately removed from both Facebook and Twitter as it violated their policies.

“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 said in a statement.

Likewise, Twitter in a statement to USA TODAY said: “The Tweet you referenced is in violation of the Twitter Rules on COVID-19 misinformation. The account owner will be required to remove the tweet before they can tweet again,”

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The actions taken by Facebook and Twitter come three months before the elections in which Trump’s performance on coronavirus is a key issue, and the social media companies have made it clear in recent months that they will not tolerate misinformation on the global pandemic.

 

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