Facebook has actually gotten rid of a post from President Donald Trump’s Facebook page after concluding that it included false claims about the impact of COVID-19 on children.
The post, which appeared on the account on Wednesday, August 5, included part of a Fox News phone interview with the president in which he said that kids are “almost immune” to the virus.
After examining the material, Facebook took it down, changing it with a message that stated merely: “This content isn’t readily available right now.”
In action to inquiries asking why the post had been gotten rid of, a spokesperson for the company stated: “This video consists of incorrect claims that a group of individuals is immune from COVID-19, which is an infraction of our policies around damaging COVID false information.” In other words, children can catch the virus, though research is still being performed to determine how most likely they are to spread it.
While it holds true that children who contract the coronavirus are far less likely to develop serious symptoms compared to grownups, the Centers for Disease Control and Avoidance states on its website says that “a few kids have established multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a condition where various body parts can end up being irritated, consisting of the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or intestinal organs.” A little number of deaths have been reported amongst children who contracted the virus.
Trump’s remarks come amidst debate about when and how to resume schools across the U.S. In the interview, the president stated that “schools need to resume,” including that the pandemic “will disappear like things go away.”
It’s the first time Facebook has actually removed a message related to the pandemic from Trump’s account. The social media giant has been slammed for refraining from doing enough to suppress false information on its platform.
In a House Judiciary antitrust hearing last week, lawmakers slammed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for letting viral false information and conspiracy theories surrounding the coronavirus appear on the platform, with Rep. David Cicilline (D-Rhode Island) accusing Zuckerberg of profiting from the “fatal material.” Zuckerberg later stated that 90%of harmful and hateful material is taken down by Facebook’s expert system before someone reports it.
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