‘Harmful Covid-19 misinformation’: Facebook scrubs Trump post stating children ‘virtually immune’ to coronavirus
Facebook has removed a post from US President Donald Trump’s personal page – a clip from a recent interview in which he suggested Covid-19 poses little risk to children – stating he had made “false claims” about the virus.
“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 spokesperson Andy Stone said in a statement on Wednesday.
In the interview segment, which aired on Fox on Wednesday morning, Trump called for a reopening of schools around the country, arguing that Covid-19 would soon “go away” and that children were much less vulnerable to the illness.
A Facebook spokesperson just confirmed to me that this is the first post by Trump that the company has removed for coronavirus misinformation. https://t.co/JEvi0H1NeN— Davey Alba (@daveyalba) August 5, 2020
“My view is that schools should be open,” Trump said. “If you look at children, children are almost – and I would almost say definitely – but almost immune to this disease... They have much stronger immune systems than [adults] do somehow for this. They don’t have a problem.”
I’ve watched some doctors say they’re totally immune. I don’t know, I hate to use the word ‘totally,’ because the news will say ‘oh, he used the word totally and he shouldn’t have used that word’ – but the fact is they are virtually immune.
While it is generally accepted among medical experts that children are less likely to experience severe Covid-19 symptoms, they are still at risk of contracting it and a number of young patients have succumbed to the illness, some with pre-existing and co-morbid conditions.
Later on Wednesday, a Twitter representative said the account of President Trump’s 2020 campaign team would be barred from posting until it removed a tweet featuring the same clip, which was later shared by Trump’s personal handle. Like the Facebook rep, Twitter spokeswoman Liz Kelley said the post violated the site’s rules on “Covid-19 misinformation.” The video has since been deleted.Also on rt.com Doctors are not always right. But Twitter, Facebook & Google are pure evil for not even allowing alternative voices on Covid
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