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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