Thursday, August 6, 2020

Facebook removes Trump post falsely claiming children are 'almost immune' to coronavirus

Facebook has deleted a post by President Trump for the first time after he violated rules against sharing misinformation about coronavirus.

The post contained a video clip, from an interview with Fox & Friends, in which Trump claimed that children are "almost 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 on Wednesday.

A tweet containing the video that was posted by the Trump campaign's @TeamTrump account and shared by the president was also later hidden by Twitter for breaking its Covid-19 misinformation rules.

A Twitter spokesman said the @TeamTrump account owner would be required to remove the tweet before they could tweet again.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that while adults make up most of the known Covid-19 cases to date, some children and infants have been sick with the disease and they can also transmit it to others.