Twitter and Facebook Penalized Trump for Running Misleading Coronavirus Campaigns

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Twitter and Facebook Penalized Trump for Running Misleading Coronavirus Campaigns
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Recently, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, posted a campaign claiming all the children are “almost immune” to coronavirus. 

As soon as Mr. Trump posted these photos and videos, Facebook deleted the post containing a video clip. The video had the President’s interview with Fox News. Facebook said that the post contained “harmful COVID-19 misinformation”. 

On Wednesday, a spokesperson of Facebook came forward and said- “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.” Source: BBC. 

On the other hand, Twitter said that it had frozen Mr. Trump’s campaign account until the clipping was removed. 

To give a clear statement on the matter, the United States public health advisers said that children do not have any immunity to COVID-19. 

This is the first time when a social media network has taken strict action against a President’s account. It happened after Facebook and Twitter analyzed the post to be spreading misleading information on coronavirus. 

A spokesperson from Twitter said @TeamTrump tweet “is in violation of the Twitter Rules on COVID-19 misinformation”. Source: Twitter. 

It continued- “The account owner will be required to remove the Tweet before they can Tweet again.” Source: Twitter. 

Mr. Trump used the clippings from a TV interview show- Fox and Friends. On Wednesday, the President spoke to the morning show via telephone and argued it was the right time for the schools throughout the United States to reopen. 

The President said- “If you look at children, children are almost – and I would almost say definitely – almost immune from this disease. So few, they’ve got stronger, hard to believe, I don’t know how you feel about it, but they’ve got much stronger immune systems than we do somehow for this. And they don’t have a problem; they just don’t have a problem.” Source: BBC. 

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Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2020-53673797