Twitter and Facebook Remove Donald Trump's Clip Over COVID-19 Misinformation


In a statement, a spokesperson for Facebook said the president's post was removed for violating the social media platform's 'policies around harmful COVID misinformation'.

Trump's official Facebook account uploaded a series of clips from a Wednesday morning interview on Fox News' insufferable Fox & Friends, where the president took the opportunity to spout off a series of lies such as that schools should reopen because the virus will "go away" and that Democrats are trying to keep them closed to hurt Republicans in the election.

Trump has always been pushing for schools to reopen to in-person learning come the Fall semester and said during the interview that one reason they should is that children are "virtually immune" to the virus.

"They have much stronger immunes system than [adults]", Trump said in the video, which he also tweeted.

'If you look at children, children are almost - and I would almost say definitely - but almost immune from this disease, ' Trump said.

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While children are less vulnerable, they can contract and transmit the disease to others and some have even died from it. Researchers believe infection rates among children are often under-reported because they are frequently asymptomatic and have been largely excluded from clinical trials. Accounts connected to TruthMedia posted content ranging from coronavirus misinformation to conspiracy theories surrounding US protest movements.

The Trump campaign said in a widely-reported statement that Trump "was stating a fact that children are less susceptible to the coronavirus".

"Silicon Valley is hopelessly biased against the president and only enforces the rules in one direction", the campaign's director of communications Tim Murtaugh wrote, in a reaction to the temporary ban that was retweeted by @TeamTrump. A Truth Media website featured a section attacking the credibility of the Chinese Community Party, according to findings from the social media analysis firm Graphika.

Facebook has finally done the least it could do, for the first time ever deleting a post by Donald Trump for spreading misinformation about the novel coronavirus.