Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday pulled down videos published on President Donald Trump’s accounts that included a Fox News interview in which the president says children are “practically immune” to the disease triggered by the novel coronavirus and have “much more powerful body immune systems.”
” Kid are nearly, and I would almost say certainly, but practically immune from this illness,” Trump stated in the video, published Wednesday, while he pushes for the reopening of schools this fall.
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Children have actually been sick with COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, although adults make up the majority of the cases, according to the Centers for Illness Control and Prevention
Twitter And Facebook both have guidelines against coronavirus misinformation that could cause damage, such as claiming a particular group is immune or promoting unproven cures such as drinking bleach. Facebook has actually been under fire for not sending posts from politicians to fact-checkers. Political leaders, though, aren’t excused from the social media network’s rules against coronavirus false information.
” This video consists of false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19, which is an offense of our policies around hazardous COVID false information,” Facebook spokesman Andy Stone stated in a statement about the gotten rid of Trump video.
A link to the Facebook video post takes you to a page that states “ the content isn’t readily available right now“
The video was still on Trump’s Twitter account and racked up more than 900,000 views after Facebook pulled it down. A Twitter spokesperson said in a statement that the video did break its rules. Trump shared the video by posting a link to a tweet posted by the account @TeamTrump. The account owner of @TeamTrump was needed to get rid of the video in order to tweet again, a Twitter representative said. By late Wednesday afternoon, a link to the video still appeared in Trump’s tweet, but clicking on it led to a screen saying “something failed.”
In March, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that kids are “essentially immune” to the coronavirus however Twitter stated it didn’t breach its rules after taking a look at the context of the tweet. A Twitter representative didn’t instantly respond to questions about why the situation was various.
Twitter has labeled a few of Trump’s tweets that include false information about mail-in tallies. The company, however, takes a different technique versus coronavirus false information. In order for a tweet to get taken down for that reason, it has to be “an assertion of truth (not an opinion), expressed definitively, and intended to influence others’ habits,” according to the business
The White Home didn’t instantly react to ask for comment. Twitter didn’t instantly have a remark. Republicans have actually accused social media networks of censoring conservative speech, accusations the business have actually consistently rejected. In Might, Trump signed an executive order that aims to curtail legal defenses that shield Facebook, Twitter and other online companies from liability for content published by their users.
Facebook and Twitter have removed hazardous coronavirus misinformation posted by politicians before. In March, Facebook and Twitter took down videos by Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro for making the incorrect claim that anti-malaria drug hydroxycholoroquine is a reliable treatment everywhere. At the time, scientific trials still needed to be carried out.
In July, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube got rid of a video by right-wing news site Breitbart that included false claims that hydroxychloroquine is “a remedy for Covid” which “you don’t need a mask.” The video had about 20 million views on Facebook and the social media network was slammed for not acting quickly enough.