Twitter Suspends Trump Campaign’s Account For False COVID-19 Tweet
By Thanussha Priyah, 06 Aug 2020
Image via Evan El-Amin / Shutterstock.com
President Donald Trump recently shared posts on Twitter and Facebook featuring a Fox News interview clip of him falsely claiming that children are “almost immune” to COVID-19.
According to the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC), children do not appear to be at higher risk of COVID-19 infections in comparison to adults. However, there have been cases of children contracting the virus, so the CDC recommends both children and adults to follow the same social-distancing prevention measures.
Immediately, Twitter hid the tweet as it was violating the platform’s rules of COVID-19 misinformation. Similarly, Facebook took down an identical post for the same reason.
The Twitter account of Trump’s campaign also shared the tweet, which has since been taken down after the social network suspended the page.
Twitter spokeswoman Liz Kelley informed The Washington Post that the post violated Twitter’s rules on COVID-19 misinformation. “The account owner will be required to remove the tweet before they can tweet again,” Kelley said.
Though the post was removed from Trump’s campaign page, no actions were taken on Trump’s own account.
Facebook removed President Trump's video post that featured his Fox & Friends interview where he said "Children are almost & I would almost say definitely but almost immune from this disease"— Mona Salama (@MonaSalama_) August 5, 2020
A link to the post tells users "Sorry, this content isn’t available right now" pic.twitter.com/8TsxyNCqSH
[via The Sydney Morning Herald, cover image via Evan El-Amin / Shutterstock.com]
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