Facebook REMOVED President Trump's post for violating the company's policy on harmful COVID-19 misinformation after falsely claiming children are "almost immune" to coronavirus
For the first time, Facebook removed a video post from Donald Trump's personal page on Wednesday for making false claims about the coronavirus.
Trump uploaded a video of an interview he gave Fox News on Wednesday in which he falsely 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's guidelines on harmful COVID misinformation".
Trump uploaded a video of an interview he gave Fox News on Wednesday in which he falsely claimed that children are "almost immune" to the disease.
In the removed video, Trump was heard in a phone interview with Fox News in which he argued that schools across the country should be reopening.
"If you look at children, children are almost – and I would say almost definitely – but almost immune to this disease," Trump said.
“So few, they got stronger, hard to believe, I don't know how you feel about it, but they have a much stronger immune system than we somehow do.
"And they have no problem, they just have no problem," he added.
While children are less susceptible, they can contract and spread the disease to others, and some may even have died from it. Researchers believe that infection rates in children are often inadequate because they are often asymptomatic and have largely been excluded from clinical trials.
A link to Trump's post now leads to a page that says, "This content is currently unavailable."
In response to the removal, the Trump campaign has accused Facebook of displaying a "flagrant bias".
"The president said children are less susceptible to the coronavirus," Trump's assistant national press secretary Courtney Parella said in a statement emailed.
& # 39; Another day, another demonstration of Silicon Valley's obvious bias towards this president, where the rules are only enforced one way. Social media companies aren't the arbiter of truth. & # 39;
In a statement, a spokesman for Facebook said the president's post had been removed for violating "social media platform guidelines on harmful COVID misinformation".
The action marks the first time Facebook has removed a Trump post due to COVID-19 misinformation. This is a rare case where the company has been willing to censor the president.
Facebook previously fact-checked labels on Trump misleading posts on a variety of topics, including mail-in voting.
In June, the social media giant picked up a series of Trump campaign ads that featured an icon used by Nazis to classify political prisoners during World War II.
Facebook was scrutinized on both sides of the partisan difference for processing Trump's post.
The Mark Zuckerberg-owned company's refusal to take action on positions allegedly by the president to call for violence against Black Lives Matter protesters sparked outrage among Democrats and helped inspire the #StopHateForProfit boycott campaign of over a thousand companies post their advertising on the site page? ˅.
Amid the impact, Zuckerberg said in late June that Facebook will now remove posts that incite violence or attempt to suppress votes – even from political leaders – and that the company will put labels on posts that violate hate speech or other policies.
Other platforms like Twitter have been much more vigorous in their efforts to respond to policy violations by politicians, especially Trump.
This is a developing story