Facebook, Twitter: President Trump Campaign Twitter account banned until it deletes tweet coronavirus misinformation

Facebook Inc. has taken down a post by US President Donald Trump, which the company said violated its rules against sharing misinformation on the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The post contained a video clip from an interview with Fox news & Friends earlier on Wednesday, in which Trump claimed that children are “almost immune” to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

“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 Twitter spokesman said the @TeamTrump account owner would be required to remove the tweet before they could tweet again.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said while adults make up most of the known COVID-19 cases to date, some children and infants have been sick with the disease.

An analysis by the World Health Organization (WHO) of six million infections between February 24 and July 12 found that the share of children aged 5-14 years was about 4.6 percent.

But during a briefing at the White House on Wednesday, Trump repeated his claim that the virus had little effect on children.

“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.”

Facebook’s action against Trump on Wednesday marks the first time it had removed a Trump post for coronavirus misinformation, the company’s spokesman said.

It also appeared to be the first reported instance of the social media company taking down a post from the president for breaching its misinformation rules.

Twitter has taken down a post rewetted 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.

It also left up a March post from Tesla Inc.’s outspoken CEO Elon Musk stating

“kids are essentially immune” to the virus.

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