For the first time, Facebook has taken down a post from Donald Trump’s personal page on Wednesday for making false claims about the coronavirus.
Trump had uploaded a video of an interview he gave to Fox News earlier Wednesday, in which he falsely stated that children are ‘almost immune’ from the COVID-19.
‘They have much stronger immune system than [adults],’ Trump said in the video, which his official presidential campaign account also tweeted.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Facebook said the president’s post was removed for violating the social media platform’s ‘policies around harmful COVID misinformation.’
The move was followed by Twitter short while after, who announced they have ordered Trump’s campaign account, @TeamTrump, to remove a post featuring the same video, banning it from tweeting again until it does so.
In the removed video, Trump was heard speaking in a phone interview with Fox News in which he argued schools across the nation should be re-opening.
‘If you look at children, children are almost — and I would almost say definitely — but almost immune from this disease,’ Trump said.
‘So few, they’ve got stronger, hard to believe, I don’t know how you feel about it, but they’ve got much stronger immune systems than we do somehow for this.
‘And they don’t have a problem, they just don’t have a problem,’ he added.
While children are less vulnerable, they can contract and transmit the disease to others and some have even died from it. Researchers believe infection rates among children are often under-reported because they are frequently asymptomatic and have been largely excluded from clinical trials.
A link to Trump’s post now diverts to a page that says, ‘This Content isn’t Available Right Now.’
In response to the removal, the Trump campaign has accused Facebook of exhibiting a ‘flagrant bias’.
‘The President was stating a fact that children are less susceptible to the coronavirus,’ Trump’s deputy national press secretary Courtney Parella said in an emailed statement.
‘Another day, another display of Silicon Valley’s flagrant bias against this President, where the rules are only enforced in one direction. Social media compan…..