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Contributing Writer | Telegraph Local
Citing “virus misinformation”, Facebook deleted a post made by President Trump yesterday.
The AP news article quotes Facebook as saying the “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.”
Time magazine reports that this is the first time Facebook has ever deleted a post from President Trump.
The post centers around a video in which the President says that children are “virtually immune” to the virus. So far, there has been no concrete proof of this assertion.
Dr. Sonja Rasmussen, a pediatrics professor at the University of Florida and former scientist at the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, says “There are still a lot of unanswered questions. That is the biggest challenge,”.
A few hours later, Twitter also took down the tweet made by President Trump containing the same information as the Facebook post.
Twitter said in a statement late Wednesday that the tweet violated its rules against COVID misinformation. When a tweet breaks its rules, Twitter asks users to remove the tweet in questions and bans them from posting anything else until they do.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say ‘In this preliminary description of pediatric U.S. COVID-19 cases, relatively few children with COVID-19 are hospitalized, and fewer children than adults experience fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Severe outcomes have been reported in children, including three deaths.’
The Trump campaign accused Facebook of “flagrant bias.”
NBC News quoted Courtney Parella, the campaign’s deputy national press secretary, via email as saying, “The President was stating a fact that children are less susceptible to the coronavirus,”.
“Another day, another display of Silicon Valley’s flagrant bias against this President, where the rules are only enforced in one direction. Social media companies are not the arbiters of truth.”