Facebook and Twitter flagged US President Donald Trump for saying that children are “completely resistant” to coronavirus.
Facebook removed the article — a clip from a Fox News interview — claiming it featured “harmful Covid disinformation.”
Twitter also suspended Trump’s campaign page for uploading the same post.
American guidance on public safety makes it understandable that children will not have an exemption to COVID-19.
What did Facebook and Twitter say?
This was the first time that the social network took steps to delete the President’s uploaded material based on his COVID-19 misinformation campaign. However, it’s not the first time that it penalized Mr. Trump for posting on his website.
A Facebook spokesperson said that the video made misleading statements that a community of people is exempt from COVID-19. The employee added the post was a breach of our policy on harmful COVID-19 misinformation.
Twitter later said it had suspended the @TeamTrump account. The account posted the same interview snippet in President Trump’s page.
A Twitter representative said the @TeamTrump post is in breach of the COVID-19 Facebook disinformation rules.
“The account owner will be required to remove the Tweet before they can Tweet again,” Twitter said. The account deleted the post later on.
Twitter temporarily suspended Donald Jr., son of the US President, last month. He posted a clip that showed “misinformation” regarding COVID-19 and hydroxychloroquine.
What did Trump claim in his TV interview?
Speaking via phone patch on Wednesday morning during the Fox and Friends program, Mr. Trump claimed that it was time to reopen all schools nationally.
Trump falsely claimed children were “nearly immune from COVID-19.”
“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,” Mr. Trump added.
Mr. Trump, who runs for re-election in November, has also said that coronavirus will only go away “just like things go away.”
How dangerous is coronavirus for children?
Kids can receive and spread the virus. However, they have an incredibly small chance of becoming sick.
Adults, and particularly older adults, are far more prone to become severely ill and die of complications.
The most extensive study done so far, involving more than 55,000 patients in hospitals, found that only 0.8 percent were under 19 years of age.
According to a study organization, half of all people with reported coronavirus admitted to critical care units in England and Northern Ireland were 60 or older as of 31 July.
A new US analysis of coronavirus outbreaks in 7,780 children in 26 countries showed that about one in five patients has no signs and symptoms. Throughout the infection, another in five formed lesions on their lungs.
According to data from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, about 3.3 percent of the patients were in intensive care units. The data recorded seven deaths.
Research by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine showed individuals under 20 were around half as vulnerable to infection with coronavirus as those over 20.
Why did Facebook last take down a Trump post?
Facebook announced it had pulled ads for President Trump’s re-election effort in June, using an emblem used in Nazi Germany.
The organization claimed there was an inverted red triangle close to the one used by the Nazis to mark critics like communists in the offensive commercial.
Mr. Trump’s transition manager claimed the far-left Antifa militant organization used the term, which was a nod to it.
The advertisements on the internet on accounts linked to President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence remained up for nearly 24 hours.