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Covid-19 misinformation Spread by President Trump.

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President Trump has posts deleted from Twitter and Facebook amid Covid-19 misinformation row.

On 6th August 2020 the Team Trump presidential election campaign account on Facebook and Twitter had posts about Covid-19 deleted due to misinformation. They breached the social media sites policy about spreading misinformation and fake news about Coronavirus.

The posts, which included a video clip from an interview with President Trump and Fox News, claimed that children were ‘almost immune’ to Covid-19. Facebook removed the post as it contained ‘harmful covid misinformation’. Twitter also froze the account until the same video was deleted.

It was the first time that both social media sites had removed a post from the President under their respective ‘Covid-19 misinformation policy’.

What was it that he said?

In an interview with Fox News, President Trump said that:

“If you look at children, children are almost – and I would almost say definitely – almost immune from this disease.

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.

And they don’t have a problem, they just don’t have a problem.”

The comments were made whilst the President argued that all schools in the USA need to reopen as soon as possible.

Coronavirus and Children – The Facts

Children absolutely can catch Coronavirus and pass it on to other more vulnerable people such as grandparents and teachers. However they most like will not have any symptoms or very mild symptoms. There is an extremely low risk of them becoming ill.

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Trusted Coronavirus Facebook Groups

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There are some Trusted Coronavirus Facebook Groups. We just need to dig through them to find the good ones.

We might knock social media for being a nightmare when it comes to misinformation. But although the social media platforms are there to make their investors money, their users aren’t. They’re usually always there to help. Even when sharing social-media misinformation with their closest friends, they’re assuming what they’re reading is true and that they’re helping their friends out.

So given that fact, let’s not knock the users of social media, and share the good trusted facebook groups, twitter profiles, and instagram users that are sharing good Coronavirus news, and even mental health groups, exercise / physical health groups, and any other useful trusted social media influencers you’ve found to be helpful to you.

Wanted: Social Media Profiles, Accounts, Groups, Pages, etc – that YOU have found helpful and trustworthy yourself. We’ll fact-check them then share the good ones. Please comment below with links to said profiles. Thanks in advance. (We’re community-driven so need YOU to reply with sources for us!)

We’ll have a forum category setup for sharing these soon, but for now please comment below with the links to the groups / accounts and we’ll do a bit of research on them then compile them in a helpful list here for you all.

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Should I share social media posts that I see?

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What are social media websites there for?

It is in our nature to want to help others. We’re pack animals after all. Social media giants are well aware of this, and the social impact of people sharing with their most trusted inner-circles.

It brings them all the eyes (and users) to their websites. They don’t rely on any other way to get new members or users. They literally just want you to share everything with everybody.

So they’re not quick to react to, or remove, inaccurate attention-grabbing articles that we all know exist. And most would admit they have once shared with their ‘friends’.

This is how they spread their services. Which in turn they sell advertising next to.

The more attention-grabbing something shareable is, the better for them.

The only situation where this doesn’t apply, is when the lack of removing such an article causes a media wave of bad publicity. In which case they may at best remove something (that has now been on the internet so can never be fully removed) and send out a press release that has been written by the biggest team of lawyers and marketing experts. Although the social media site founders will sign it personally – don’t want to appear to be commercial now.

And in most cases, they totally ignore the media, and monitor their statistics to see whether said news has actually increased their revenues by way of people sharing such posts.

So although they perhaps once started their social media platform to benefit society in some way, they’re now some of the biggest companies that have ever existed on earth, and are listed in stock markets and have huge investors who want to see return on their investments. So are answerable to them. Therefore they’re basically just here for profit now.

As a side note, although most social media platforms perhaps started to benefit society, it’s well documented that Mark Zuckerburg, the founder of Facebook, set the website up as a ‘book of faces’ and names of girls in Universities.

Can I trust what I read on social media platforms?

In nearly all cases, no. Not one bit.

Unless the source is from a reputable well-known specialist in a field you’re reading about, and know the ‘post’ or ‘link’ or ‘image’ is genuine and real and from them, it isn’t worth sharing with others. The risk of sharing inaccurate information is massive, and the risk of causing harm from doing that is real and happens every day.

If you’re too busy to fact-check it, say to yourself that you’re too busy to share it then.

Coronavirus; what is it?

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Coronavirus Microscopic View – Creator: Naeblys | Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

We are starting to compile some useful information and links to reputable sources. Our first article is; Coronavirus; what is it?

We’re looking for contributors who can help fact-check news articles and sift through the many sources of Coronavirus information to find the accurate up-to-date scientific opinions and papers.

Also, if you’re bored in isolation, at home furloughing, or shielding yourself or family members, then come chat about anything at all in our forums.

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Welcome to the new Coronavirus Forums

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After reading about so much misinformation spreading around, and experiencing firsthand the reactions people have to it, my wife and I thought there should be a safe place for people of all ages to come and discuss the Coronavirus, which appears to be staying with us for a while.

On our website you’ll find some debunking of false claims and articles, and some general news and information about the Coronavirus. As well as a community spirit where people who are shielding or furloughing can share their experiences and reassure each other in a safe environment. Along with sharing useful tips about how to keep one’s mental health tip top, physical health improved, and of course the mind occupied.

We’ll keep the website updated as best we can between actual work. The Coronavirus Forum is now online. We’re working on the categories themselves but anybody can register and post to the forum.

We’re techies in the real world and will keep your data safe and secure. We do this for a living. Although we won’t be profiting from this website at all. We just like to help. 🙂

Coronavirus; what is it?

Coronavirus
Coronavirus Microscopic View – Creator: Naeblys | Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

We are starting to compile some useful information and links to reputable sources. Our first article is; Coronavirus; what is it?

We’re looking for contributors who can help fact-check news articles and sift through the many sources of Coronavirus information to find the accurate up-to-date scientific opinions and papers.

Also, if you’re bored in isolation, at home furloughing, or shielding yourself or family members, then come chat about anything at all in our forums.

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