Taking a tough stand to check the spread of misinformation and fake news over COVID-19 pandemic, social media giants Facebook and Twitter blocked a video post shared by accounts associated with US President Donald Trump for violating their guidelines on coronavirus misinformation.
President Trump’s re-election campaign’s Twitter account, @TeamTrump, was even banned for a while from posting any tweets after it posted a video clip of President’s interview with Fox News where he had said children were “virtually immune” from the dreaded coronavirus.
President Trump, who has been rooting for opening up of schools in the United States on his Twitter timeline told Fox News, “(Children) don’t have a problem, they just don’t have a problem. It doesn’t have an impact on them. I’ve watched some doctors say they’re totally immune.”
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) August 4, 2020
Facebook deleted the post saying it contained “harmful Covid misinformation”. Twitter followed by saying it had frozen a Trump campaign account until a tweet of the same interview clip was removed.
— Nick Pacilio (@NickPacilio) August 5, 2020
Twitter spokesperson Nick Pacilio said, “The original Tweet from @TeamTrump is in violation of the Twitter Rules on COVID-19 misinformation, and we’ve required removal.”
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