Facebook and Twitter penalise Donald Trump for posting coronavirus misinformation

Facebook and Twitter penalised Donald Trump and his campaign for a post in which claimed children were “almost immune” to coronavirus.

Facebook deleted the video post saying it contained “harmful Covid misinformation”.

In a statement Facebook spokesperson 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.”

This is the first time that Facebook had taken action to remove fake content posted by the president.

Twitter said it had frozen a Trump campaign account until a tweet of the same clip was removed.

“The account owner will be required to remove the Tweet before they can Tweet again,” Twitter spokesperson said.

Twitter last month temporarily suspended Mr Trump’s son, Donald Jr, for sharing a clip it said promoted “misinformation” about coronavirus and hydroxychloroquine

The US public health advice made clear that children have no immunity to Covid-19.

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