- Facebook deleted a post from President Donald Trump on Wednesday for violating its anti-disinformation policy, the company confirmed.
- Trump posted a video of an interview with Fox News in which he incorrectly claimed that children were “almost immune” to COVID-19.
- “This video contains false claims that a group of people are immune to COVID-19, which is a violation of our policies on harmful COVID disinformation,” a Facebook representative told Business Insider.
- Facebook said it was the first time it had deleted a post from Trump for pushing disinformation about the coronavirus, according to New York Times reporter Davey Alba.
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For the first time, Facebook deleted a post from President Donald Trump for violating its COVID-19 disinformation policy.
Trump on Wednesday posted a video of an interview he did with Fox News in which he falsely claimed children were “almost immune” to the disease. CNN reporter Donie O’Sullivan captured the post in a screenshot before it was taken off the platform.
Comparing children with adults, Trump said “they sort of have a much stronger immune system than we do.” He also tweeted the video.
“This video includes false claims that a group of people are immune to COVID-19, which is a violation of our policies on harmful COVID disinformation,” a Facebook representative told Business Insider.
A growing body of research suggests that children can transmit COVID-19 just like anyone else, although researchers believe their infection rates are often underreported because they are often asymptomatic and have been largely excluded. clinical trials.
—Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 5 août 2020
Facebook has previously applied labels to Trump’s deceptive mail-in voting messages and removed a campaign ad that contained a symbol associated with the Nazis. But the company said it was the first time it has removed a post for violating its policy against coronavirus disinformation, according to New York Times reporter Davey Alba.
Facebook has faced increasing pressure in recent months to take stronger positions against disinformation and hate speech on its platform. CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended the company’s decision not to delete Trump’s controversial posts earlier this year, suggesting that protesters in Minnesota protesting the death of George Floyd would face violence.