Facebook, Twitter drop Trump posts to spread Coronavirus misinformation

Facebook Inc. took a message on Wednesday from US President Donald Trump, who claimed the company had broken its rules about spreading misinformation about coronavirus. The post included a video clip from an interview with Fox & Friends earlier that day, in which Trump said that children were “completely immune” to COVID-19.

“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,” a Facebook spokesman said. A tweet containing a video that was posted on the Trump campaign’s @TeamTrump account and shared with the president was later obscured by Twitter Inc for violating its COVID-19 disinformation laws.

A Twitter spokesperson said the @TeamTrump account owner would have to delete the tweet before they could tweet it again. The World Health Organization ‘s study of 6 million infections between 24 February and 12 July showed that the proportion of children aged 5-14 years was approximately 4.6 per cent. The White House did not respond immediately to a request for comments. At a briefing at the White House, Trump repeated his argument that the virus had little effect on children. The corporation has also pulled advertisements from Trump’s election campaign to violate the law on disinformation, in this case the national census.