If you still doubt the seriousness with which twitter and Facebook treats violation of any of their set rules, Probably you should have a date with President Donald Trump.
On Wednesday, Facebook pulled down a post by Trump that it claimed contravened its rules on sharing misinformation about the virus.
As The Standard reports, In the post was a video of Trump claiming that Children are almost immune to Corona Virus.
“This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19, which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation,” a Facebook spokesman said.
A tweet containing the same video,shared by Trump’s Campaign team was also hidden by twitter for going against its covid-19 misinformation rules.
A twitter spokesman said that the president’s account @TeamTrump will only be allowed to tweet again after removing the tweet.
However ,in a rejoinder,Trump’s team through its spokeswoman Courtney Parella accused the social media platforms of bias against the president.
“Social media companies are not the arbiters of truth,” She said.
According to Centres for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, adults are the most affected by Corona virus.
There are chances of transmitting the virus by some children and infants who have suffered from the disease.
An analysis by the World Health Organization of 6 million infections between Feb. 24 and July 12 found that the share of children aged 5-14 years was about 4.6%.
The White House did not immediately heed to a request for comment.
Trump reiterated his claim that the effect of the disease is not so dire on children,during a statehouse briefing.
“Children handle it very well,” he told reporters. “If you look at the numbers, in terms of mortality, fatalities … for children under a certain age … their immune systems are very very strong and very powerful. They seem to be able to handle it very well and that’s according to every statistical claim.”
This marked the first time Facebook pulled down Trump’s misinforming post on Covid-19.
Moreover,it also marked the first time it pulled down Trump’s post on account of breeching its misinformation rules.
Twitter has taken down a post retweeted by Trump pointing to a misleading viral video about the coronavirus, but left up clips of the president suggesting scientists should investigate using light or disinfectant on patients.
Twitter said those remarks expressed a wish for treatment, rather than a literal call for action.
Tesla Inc’s (TSLA.O) CEO Elon Musk’s March post that claimed kids are immune ,was spared.
Facebook sounded a warning to lawmakers and its employees against permitting inflammatory posts by Trump as has been in the recent months.
The company has previously removed ads from Trump’s election campaign for breaking misinformation rules, in that case around a national census.
It also took down both Trump posts and campaign ads that showed a red inverted triangle, a symbol the Nazis used to identify political prisoners, for violating its policy against organized hate.
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