Trump in trouble with Facebook and Twitter over post of video saying children 'almost immune' to coronavirus
Under mounting pressure on Facebook and Twitter to stop President Donald Trump's spread of misinformation on their platforms, both took steps on Wednesday after Trump and his campaign posted a video to the platforms of an interview with Fox & Friends in which he claims that children are “almost immune” to COVID-19.
In the video, which aired Wednesday morning, Trump says “If you look at children, children are almost — and I would almost say definitely — but almost immune from this disease, and that they have stronger immune systems."
Facebook decided to remove the post themselves, the first time the social media giant has taken action against Trump, according to the Washington Post. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has long been against taking action when it comes to free speech on his site. Zuckerberg has been under pressure since late June to do more. He recently said the company will remove posts that incite violence or attempt to suppress voting — even from political leaders — and that the company will affix labels on posts that violate its hate speech or other policies.
Twitter has been more aggressive, however. Twitter has flagging several of Trump’s tweets for misinformation and suspended the account of Donald Trump Jr. for 12 hours for breaking its coronavirus misinformation rules.
In this instance Twitter hid the post and suspended the account, stating the account would not be able to tweet again until the message was deleted. The account was active again late Wednesday night. Trump’s personal account also re-shared the video originally posted by Team Trump, but it was removed after the original tweet was blocked.
Twitter spokeswoman Liz Kelley said the tweet “is in violation of the Twitter Rules on COVID-19 misinformation. The account owner will be required to remove the Tweet before they can Tweet again.”