Facebook takes down Trump post about COVID-19

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By Rishi Iyengar | CNN

Twitter said on Wednesday it had restricted President Donald Trump’s campaign from tweeting after its account shared a video containing false claims about the coronavirus.

The tweet, a video of Trump’s interview with Fox News in which he said children are “almost immune” to the virus, “is in violation of the Twitter Rules on Covid-19 misinformation,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement. “The account owner will be required to remove the Tweet before they can Tweet again.”

The account appeared to have the ability to tweet following Twitter’s statement, suggesting the campaign had complied with the order and removed the video.

Just hours before, Facebook removed a post from Trump’s main page featuring the same interview for similar reasons.

CNN has reached out to the Trump campaign and Twitter for comment.

Earlier Wednesday, Facebook deleted a post by Trump for the first time, saying it violated its policy against spreading misinformation about the coronavirus.

The post in question featured a link to the Fox News video in which Trump says children are “virtually immune” to the virus.

Facebook said Wednesday that the “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.”

This is the first time that Facebook has removed a post from Trump entirely, rather than labeling it, as it has done in the past.

Several studies suggest, but don’t prove, that children are less likely to become infected than adults and more likely to have only mild symptoms. But this is not the same as being “virtually immune” to the virus.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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