The current president of the United States has been using Twitter and Facebook to express his thoughts over important matters ever since, and he was able to get away with most of it. However, in his recent interview about children being “almost immune” to COVID-19, Facebook and Twitter are taking action.
Trump accounts have been posting a clip of the president’s interview with Fox News where he claimed, “children are almost – and I would almost say definitely – almost immune from this disease.”
Facebook took the matter into its hands immediately by deleting the post, a new move for the social media giant, considering it has only penalized Trump before over other false claims. According to Facebook’s spokesperson on Wednesday, the video contains harmful false information about COVID-19 that violates the policies of the social media site.
Twitter, which has a better record in handling fake news, froze @TeamTrump, a Trump campaign account, for tweeting the same clip that the president even shared. For the account to be active again, Twitter demanded that the clip be deleted first, for which the account obliged. The tweet also violated Twitter’s rules and regulations in regard to coronavirus misinformation.
This is not the first time Twitter restricted an account that belonged to the Trump family as it also suspended the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr.’s, account for spreading misleading claims about the virus that continues to kill more people up to this day. Facebook and YouTube have also taken actions by deleting the videos.
The coronavirus chooses no victim. That’s what the best doctors around the globe say, but for Donald Trump, he wants to push schools to reopen this fall by threatening to “cut off funding,” which also means children will be required to attend classes even when there’s no vaccine available yet.
Meanwhile, Facebook has recently announced that their employees can work at home until July of next year, following Google’s similar announcement in late July. The social media giant will also give employees $1,000 to assist them in their home office needs.