: Facebook removes Trump post for making ‘false claims’ about coronavirus

: Facebook removes Trump post for making ‘false claims’ about coronavirus

5 Aug    Finance News

President Donald Trump answers a question during a press conference in the White House on Wednesday.

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Facebook Inc. on Wednesday removed a post by President Donald Trump that violated its coronavirus misinformation policy.

The post was a video clip from a Fox News interview with Trump about reopening schools, in which he wrongly claimed children are “virtually immune” to COVID-19.

While children appear to be generally less affected by the coronavirus, they are not “virtually immune,” and a number have died. The state of California, for example, has recorded more than 48,000 cases of COVID-19 in patients 17 and younger.

A Facebook FB, -0.28% spokesperson said in an email: “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.” 

However, that message was not included on Facebook’s site. The post was replaced by a message reading “This content isn’t available right now,” which does not explain why it was removed or that its content was inaccurate.

It was the first time Facebook has taken down a Trump post for violating its coronavirus rules. In June, Facebook took down Trump campaign ads that included a Nazi symbol, and in March took down Trump campaign ads that were misleading about the census.

Trump on Wednesday posted the same video to Twitter, which has been more active than Facebook at taking down presidential posts that violate guidelines. Five hours after being posted, it had not been taken down by Twitter TWTR, +1.21%.

Trump has harshly criticized social-media companies for fact-checking and removing his posts, and in July the Trump administration asked the FCC to reinterpret a 1996 law that gives broad latitude to how tech companies police content on their sites.

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