Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday removed a post by President Donald Trump because it included a video of him on Fox News, in which he said children are ‘almost immune’ from the Coronavirus, as the social media giants said that kind of characterization ran afoul of rules related to the virus outbreak.
“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 told news organizations, which was the first to act.
The video at issue came from the President’s appearance by telephone Wednesday morning on ‘Fox and Friends,’ in which he again pressed his call for schools to fully re-open with in-person instruction for kids.
"If you look at children, children are almost - and I would almost say definitely - almost immune from this disease," Mr. Trump said.
The President also posted the same statement and segment on Twitter - but soon after the Facebook decision, Twitter also blocked the video of the President’s segment on Fox News.
The President has sparred with Facebook and Twitter in recent weeks, as the social media companies have at times slapped warning labels on his posts to raise red flags about misinformation.
Last week, Facebook took down a video of a group of doctors who were advocating for the use of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, as a way to treat the Coronavirus.
“Stating that there’s a proven cure for COVID - when there is in fact none - might encourage somebody to take something which could have adverse effects,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a House hearing.
“It has not been proven to cure COVID,” Zuckerberg added.