For the first time, Facebook removes a post from President Trump for misinformation

by Peter Heck · Aug 6th, 2020 8:41 am
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Last Updated Oct 15th, 2020 at 12:33 am

In what marks the first time Facebook has taken such steps, the company said on Wednesday it has removed a post made by President Trump that featured a video of his Fox News interview. The social media giant claimed that the clip, which showed Trump saying that children are "almost immune" to coronavirus, violated its terms regarding misinformation.

In the offending video, Trump argued for schools to reopen.

"If you look at children, children are almost — and I would almost say definitely — but almost immune from this disease," Trump said.

The president also claimed the virus was not easily transmittable by children, that kids often experience milder symptoms, and that they have stronger immune systems.

A Facebook spokesman explained why this became the first post from the president to be taken down.

"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," said Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone.

In the past, Facebook has been slow to take action against speech it considers "newsworthy." But the company has been under heavy pressure, including sponsor boycotts, to more aggressively police misinformation.

? Twitter also intervened, locking Trump's campaign account until it deletes the same video.


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