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Facebook removes Trump's post because it falsely claims that children are "almost immune" to COVID-19


For the first time, Facebook removed a video post from Donald Trump's personal page on Wednesday for making false claims about the corona virus.

Trump had uploaded a video of an interview he gave to Fox News on Wednesday in which he wrongly stated that children are "almost immune" to the disease.

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

In a statement, a spokesman for Facebook said the president's post was removed for violating "Social Media Platform Guidelines Regarding Harmful COVID Misinformation".

Trump had uploaded a video of an interview he gave Fox News on Wednesday in which he wrongly claimed that children were "almost immune" to the disease.

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

In the removed video, Trump was heard in a phone interview with Fox News arguing that schools across the country should be reopened.

"When you look at children, children are almost – and I would say almost definitely – but almost immune to this disease," said Trump.

"So few, they've gotten stronger, hard to believe, I don't know how you feel about it, but they have a much stronger immune system than we do.

"And they have no problem, they simply have no problem," he added.

While children are less vulnerable, they can contract and spread the disease to others, and some have even died from it. Researchers believe that infection rates in children are often understated because they are often asymptomatic and largely excluded from clinical trials.

A link to Trump's post now leads to a page that reads, "This content is currently unavailable."

In response to the removal, the Trump campaign has accused Facebook of "flagrant bias".

"The president said children are less susceptible to the corona virus," Trump's deputy national press officer Courtney Parella said in an emailed statement.

& # 39; Another day, another demonstration of Silicon Valley's apparent bias against this president, where the rules are enforced in one direction only. Social media companies are not the arbiters of truth. & # 39;

In a statement, a spokesman for Facebook said the president's post was removed for violating "Social Media Platform Guidelines on Harmful COVID Misinformation".

In a statement, a spokesman for Facebook said the president's post was removed for violating "Social Media Platform Guidelines on Harmful COVID Misinformation".

The action is the first time that Facebook has removed a Trump post because of COVID-19 misinformation. This is a rare case where the company was ready to censor the president.

Facebook has previously added Trump's misleading posts on various topics, including mail-in-voting, fact-checking labels.

In June, the social media giant picked up a series of Trump campaign ads with an icon that Nazis used to classify political prisoners during World War II.

Facebook has been extensively checked on both sides of the partisan difference for the processing of Trump's post.

The Mark Zuckerberg-owned company's refusal to take action on posts where the president appeared to be calling for violence against Black Lives Matter protesters has sparked outrage among Democrats and helped inspire the #StopHateForProfit boycott campaign of over a thousand companies to advertise on the site? ˅.

In the midst of the impact, Zuckerberg said in late June that Facebook will now remove posts that encourage violence or attempt to suppress votes – even by political leaders – and that the company will put labels on posts that violate hate speech or other policies.

Other platforms, such as Twitter, have been much more vigorous in their efforts to respond to violations of policies by politicians, particularly Trump.

Twitter has added several warnings to the President's tweets to make misleading statements, including fraudulent postal ballot papers.

The president's son, Donald Trump Jr., was also instructed last month to delete a misleading tweet from Twitter after making misleading claims about hydroxychloroquine. He was later suspended from the platform for 12 hours.

This is an evolving story