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Facebook, Twitter, YouTube pull Trump posts over coronavirus misinformation

Facebook Inc on Wednesday took down a post by U.S. President Donald Trump, which the company said violated its rules against sharing misinformation about the coronavirus.

8/6/2020 12:12:00 PM

Facebook took down a post by President Trump , which the company said violated its rules against sharing misinformation about the coronavirus. The post contained a video clip in which Trump claimed that children are 'almost immune' to COVID-19

Facebook Inc on Wednesday took down a post by U.S. President Donald Trump , which the company said violated its rules against sharing misinformation about the coronavirus.

) on Wednesday took down a post by U.S. President Donald Trump, which the company said violated its rules against sharing misinformation about the coronavirus.The post contained a video clip, from an interview with Fox & Friends earlier in the day, in which Trump claimed that children are “almost immune” to COVID-19.

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“This 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,” a Facebook spokesman said.A tweet containing the video that was posted by the Trump campaign’s @TeamTrump account and shared by the president was also later hidden by Twitter Inc TWTR.R for breaking its COVID-19 misinformation rules.

A Twitter spokesman said the @TeamTrump account owner would be required to remove the tweet before they could tweet again.YouTube, through a spokesman, said it had also pulled down the video for violating its COVID-19 misinformation policies. However, the original interview remains available on the Fox News page on the platform. YouTube did not immediately respond to requests to clarify which videos were taken down.

The Trump campaign accused the companies of bias against the president, saying Trump had stated a fact. “Social media companies are not the arbiters of truth,” said Courtney Parella, a spokeswoman with the campaign.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that while adults make up most of the known COVID-19 cases to date, some children and infants have been sick with the disease and they can also transmit it to others.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, U.S., August 5, 2020. Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERSAn analysis by the World Health Organization of 6 million infections between Feb. 24 and July 12 found that the share of children aged 5-14 years was about 4.6%.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. During a briefing at the White House, Trump repeated his claim that the virus had little impact on children.“Children handle it very well,” he told reporters. “If you look at the numbers, in terms of mortality, fatalities ... for children under a certain age ... their immune systems are very very strong and very powerful. They seem to be able to handle it very well and that’s according to every statistical claim.”

It was the first time Facebook had removed a Trump post for coronavirus misinformation, the company’s spokesman said.It also appeared to be the first reported instance of the social media company taking down a post from the president for breaching its misinformation rules.

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Twitter has taken down a post retweeted by Trump pointing to a misleading viral video about the coronavirus, but left up clips of the president suggesting scientists should investigate using light or disinfectant on patients.Twitter said those remarks expressed a wish for treatment, rather than a literal call for action.

It also left up a March post from Tesla Inc’s () outspoken CEO Elon Musk stating that “kids are essentially immune” from the virus.Slideshow(2 Images)Facebook has taken heat from lawmakers and its own employees in recent months for not taking action on inflammatory posts by Trump.

The company has previously removed ads from Trump’s election campaign for breaking misinformation rules, in that case around a national census.It also took down both Trump posts and campaign ads that showed a red inverted triangle, a symbol the Nazis used to identify political prisoners, for violating its policy against organized hate.

Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford in Birmingham, England; Additional reporting by Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru, Alexandra Alper in Washington, D.C. and Katie Paul in San Francisco; Editing by Richard Pullin, Christopher Cushing, Fanny Potkin, and Read more: Reuters Top News »

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Has we have mentioned previously, no one is exempt from sharing misinformation. During in pandemic, it is incredibly dangerous! Please follow our advice if you spot coronavirus misinformation on social media DontSpreadTheVirus Thank you Facebook At this time of national crisis facts must be promoted. Myths must be suppressed. Lives depend on it. Our ability to open society more freely depends on facts and evidenced based information, not disinformation. DrTomFrieden DrHankChaudhry

Stupidity is an exempting circumstance sometimes. An immunity. Even when DT’a claim is outrageous, Facebook are no doctors! Wow its about time you shut down president trump lies good for you CONFIRMED: Twitter Official Who Announced Trump Campaign Account Suspension Is Former Kamala Harris Press Secretary

With it happens in India too as every thing sold in India r fake things. People r living in a fake world as fake news is so much circulating in India that it has become impossible to believe real things. News & debate come with meaningless topics n reality is kept in dark. honnenogod They can take down all, by the way.

This guy is not any close to humanity! Facebook should be prepared to do this more often. This virus is so new that No one knows what it can or will do to children or anyone in the long term. We and especially our children are not lab rats to be used in experiments to try this and that to see if it works. You cannot risk lives until you know without doubt the outcome

Open schools or give taxpayer property tax back. This guy is not any close to humanity! So FB are medical experts then?...FB are arbiters of the truth?...1984 was not supposed to be an instruction manual.. More LIES from realDonaldTrump. I’m out 2 jobs I clean buildings everyday at both jobs and I barely make ends for myself much less for my sister if anyone who can help with even anything $1 we would appreciate it so much this Virus really has me worried thanks & stay safe. Venmo or Cashapp MattMartins147

Yikes. They're clamouring to break through section 230. editorialising other people's content on an open platform is the road to a world of pain for these companies. Zuckerburg supports pedophiles that’s why he’s doing what he’s doing. Didn’t he hang out with Epstein? This is a dangerous individual that should be leading the country but instead him and the republic destroying this country. Just like this issue with the postmaster is going to catch himself behind bars by listening to trump.

'Snake Oil here! It cures baldness and infertility. Get your Snake Oil while it lasts, and then follow us to Trumptown, Guyana so we can live free and embrace conspiracy theories!' Trump lies children dies. Social media's recent interference with many people's statements whether they're true or not are working counter to the very reasons those websites were created in the first place. If it doesn't subside people are simply going to stop using them and/or create & go to new sites.

He is correct, children are almost completely immune to the COVID-19 virus. Finally Mark Zuckerburg Children ARE almost immune to Covid as all the evidence shows. Trump was correct. ScumMedia White ppl backed by their media have managed to turn COVID-19 to be a virus for black ppl in other to justify Segregation and Racism.

Facebook, Twitter remove Trump coronavirus posts of Fox interview about kids being 'almost immune' Facebook took down post from President Trump 's personal page of a Fox News interview in which he said that children are “almost immune” from COVID-19. Let’s check in with Dr. Incompetent * Kids are virtually immune from COVID * Windmills cause cancer * inject people with disinfectant * Cart Golf is exercise * Big Macs with a Diet Coke chaser is a healthy diet * Take a malaria drug to fight off COVID * “It is what it is” NotMyChild You guys do know that page isn’t literally ran by Trump. He’s not on his laptop posting random things personally on antisocial media. Trump2020

Facebook, Twitter pull Trump posts over coronavirus misinformation Facebook Inc on Wednesday took down a post by U.S. President Donald Trump , which the company said violated its rules against sharing misinformation about the coronavirus. eculliford But your posts remain... eculliford I Would take his balls off before anything eculliford

Facebook, Twitter Pull Down Trump Videos Claiming Kids Are ‘Immune’ From COVID-19UPDATED: Facebook removed a video posted by Donald Trump ’s campaign because it violated the social network’s policy banning false claims about the coronavirus. The content in question w… You missed a word and Context. You are welcome

Twitter, Facebook Remove Trump Post Over False Claim About Children And COVID-19Both social networks said the president's false claims that children are 'almost immune' from COVID-19 violated its policy on coronavirus misinformation. I kinda wanna hear what he rants about before New York releases the juice on him. He must be losing his shit in the White House right now, throwing his phone, beating melania and Barron NPR is taxpayer-funded Democrat party propaganda. This has to stop. But apparently its okay for Pelosi to try to say Marijuana is a cure for the Chinese Virus.

Facebook removes Trump post over coronavirus misinformation rules; Twitter also clamps down Facebook and Twitter are both taking action after saying a video shared by President Trump contains misinformation about the coronavirus. This is Exactly why EVERYONE In the World Should BAN Facebook.....They Are BLOCKING What You THINK...And What Your Allowed TO See~~~!!!! The cancel culture. Such a one way street for the far left liberals. They thrive off censorship and hate. If you don’t fall in line, your opinion means zip. Hypocrites. If it wasn’t for double standards, they would have no standards at all. Who gives a rats ass what Facebook does. NO ONE!!!!!

Facebook and Twitter punish Trump over video where he says children 'almost immune' to Covid-19 Facebook on Wednesday removed a post from the account of President Donald Trump in which he said in a video interview that children are 'almost immune' from Covid-19. Twitter also temporarily banned the president's campaign account from tweeting. Show me the bodies of children who’ve died from coronavirus. There are none. Otherwise that’s all you guys would report on lol Thought that one was an SBD He’s not wrong.