President Trump is in trouble on social media again. This time, Facebook has deleted a post from Trump’s page because it contained a video with misinformation about COVID-19.
Likewise, Twitter required the President’s Team Trump campaign to delete a tweet containing the same video. This comes on the heels of Twitter censoring another of the president’s posts containing COVID misinformation, and sending him a warning about posting a video containing doctored footage.
The video is a clip from a Fox News interview in which Trump says it’s nearly impossible for children to contract COVID-19.
“If you look at children,” Trump says in the video, “children are almost – and I would almost say definitely – but almost immune from the disease.” He made a similar claim when stating schools should reopen.
It’s true that many kids have experienced milder symptoms from the coronavirus than have adults, but The Washington Post says researchers “have found (children) are still able to catch and spread it to other people, including adults at home and in school settings, such as teachers.” Likewise, a report by the UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has clarified that children can catch and spread the coronavirus. “Children almost certainly DO transmit COVID-19,” Alasdair Munro, a researcher who helped author the report, tweeted on April 30. He went on to say that statements in the report suggesting that no children had transmitted the disease came from a flawed study.
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Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone said in a statement that Trump’s 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.”
It’s somewhat surprising that Facebook chose to delete Trump’s post, as Facebook chief exec Mark Zuckerberg has long been an avid proponent of free speech — even if that means allowing people to spread misinformation. Speaking in Utah in late January, Zuckerberg told an audience that “at some point, we’ve got to stand up and say, ‘No, we’re going to stand for free expression.”
That said, this isn’t the first time Facebook has removed content placed by Trump. Facebook nixed a bunch of ads posted by the President’s reelection team that showed a Nazi symbol that was used to designate political prisoners in concentration camps.
For their part, the Trump team has called foul. In response to Facebook’s deletion of the President’s video, Trump spokesperson Courtney Parella said the President was “stating a fact that children are less susceptible to the coronavirus.”
Parella said Silicon Valley is biased against Trump and that “social media companies are not arbiters of truth.”
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