Facebook's rules against coronavirus misinformation also apply to politicians.
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Facebook and Twitter accessed videos released on President Donald Trump's accounts on Wednesday. This included an interview with Fox News, in which the President said that children were "almost immune" to the disease caused by the novel coronavirus and had "a much stronger immune system".
"Children are almost, and I would say almost definitely, but almost immune to this disease," Trump said in the video released on Wednesday as he urged school reopening in the fall.
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Children had COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, although according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most cases are adults.
Facebook and Twitter both have rules against coronavirus information that can cause harm, such as: For example, claiming that a particular group is immune or promoting unproven remedies such as bleach drinking Facebook came under fire because it didn't send politician posts to fact-checkers. However, politicians are not exempt from the rules of the social network against coronavirus misinformation.
"This video contains false claims that a group of people are immune to COVID-19, which is a violation of our guidelines regarding harmful COVID misinformation," said Facebook spokesman Andy Stone in a statement on the Trump video removed .
A link to the Facebook video post takes you to a page that states that the content is currently unavailable.
The video was still on Twitter, with over 900,000 views after Facebook pulled it down. A Twitter spokesman said in a statement that Trump's tweet violated his rules and the account holder must remove the video to tweet again. A link to the video appeared in Trump's tweet late Wednesday afternoon, but clicking it will take you to a screen that says "Something went wrong."
Twitter has flagged some of Trump's tweets that contain misinformation about mail-in ballots. However, the company is working harder against misinformation from corona viruses. For a tweet to be pulled down for this reason, it must be "a factual claim (not an opinion) that is definitely expressed and intended to affect the behavior of others," the company said.
The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comments. Twitter didn't immediately have a comment. Republicans have accused social networks of conservative speech, allegations that companies have repeatedly denied. In May, Trump signed an implementing regulation that aims to limit legal protection that protects Facebook, Twitter, and other online businesses from liability for content posted by their users.
Facebook and Twitter have removed harmful coronavirus misinformation previously released by politicians. In March, the company and Twitter pulled down videos fromfor the false claim that the hydroxycholoroquine malaria drug is an effective treatment everywhere. At this point, clinical studies still had to be carried out.
In July, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube removed a video from Breitbart's right-wing news site that contained false claims that hydroxychloroquine is "a cure for Covid" and "you don't need a mask." The video had over 20 million views on Facebook and the social network was criticized for not acting fast enough.