Facebook and Twitter take action against U.S. President Donald Trump’s page on its social network for violating the company’s policy on coronavirus misinformation.
Facebook removed from Trump’s official account the post of a video clip from a Media interview in which he had said that children are “almost immune” from the novel coronavirus.
He had also said that he believes schools should reopen in the country. Twitter hid a tweet from the Team Trump campaign account with the same video, and banned it from tweeting.
“If you look at children, children are almost – and I would almost say definitely – but almost immune from this disease, and they have stronger immune systems,” Trump said in the clip. The World Health Organization has repeatedly indicated that children can also get the virus.
Twitter has earlier this year flagged several of Trump’s tweets for misinformation, and blocked his son, Donald Trump Jr, for 12 hours for flouting its coronavirus information rules.
On Wednesday, Twitter said it hid the campaign’s post and said the account wouldn’t be able to tweet again until the tweet is deleted.
Twitter Spokesperson Liz Kelley said: “The tweet is in violation of the Twitter Rules on Covid-19 misinformation. The account owner will be required to remove the Tweet before they can Tweet again.”
Trump’s personal account had also tweeted the video, but deleted it soon after his Team Trump account was blocked.
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control, over 2.4 lakh children have contracted the coronavirus in the country. Around 300 children have contracted a rare inflammatory disease due to the virus, and six have succumbed to the disease.