Facebook removes Trump video citing ‘harmful COVID misinformation’

By 97.1 FM Talk

(KFTK/AP) - For the first time, Facebook removed a post from President Trump citing that the content contained "harmful COVID misinformation."

In an interview with Fox and Friends, President Trump stated that he believes we need to open schools and that kids are "basically immune" to the virus.

Twitter subsequently followed suit, banning the Trump campaign account.

Twitter has generally been quicker than Facebook in recent months to label posts from the president that violate its policies against misinformation and abuse.

This is not the first time that Facebook has removed a post from Trump, Facebook said, but it’s the first time it has done so because it was spreading misinformation about the coronavirus. The company has also labeled his posts.

Several studies suggest, but don’t prove, that children are less likely to become infected than adults and more likely to have only mild symptoms. But this is not the same as being “virtually immune” to the virus.

A CDC study involving 2,500 children published in April found that about 1 in 5 infected children were hospitalized versus 1 in 3 adults; three children died. The study lacks complete data on all the cases, but it also suggests that many infected children have no symptoms, which could allow them to spread the virus to others.

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