Facebook says it removed a post from US President Donald Trump’s page because it contained false claims about the coronavirus.
The clip comes from an interview the president gave Fox News earlier on Wednesday in which he said children were “almost immune” to Covid-19.
Facebook said the post broke its rules regarding “harmful Covid disinformation.”
This is not the first time that Facebook has knocked out content from Mr. Trump’s page.
A Facebook spokesperson told U.S. media on Wednesday evening: “This video contains false claims that a group of people are immune to COVID-19, which is a violation of our harmful COVID disinformation policies. “
What did Trump say in his TV interview?
Speaking by phone to the Fox and Friends morning show on Wednesday, Mr. Trump argued that it was time for all schools across the country to reopen.
He said, “If you look at children, children are almost – and I would almost certainly say – almost immune to this disease.
“So few, they’re stronger, hard to believe, I don’t know what you think, but they have a much stronger immune system than us for that.”
“And they don’t have a problem, they just don’t have a problem. ”
He also said of the coronavirus: “This thing is going. She will disappear as if things are going. “
How dangerous is the coronavirus for children?
Children can catch and transmit the virus, but they are at extremely low risk of getting sick from it.
Adults – and especially the elderly – are much more likely to be seriously ill and die from complications.
The largest study to date, involving more than 55,000 hospital patients, found that only 0.8% were under 19.
Half of all people with confirmed coronavirus who have been admitted to intensive care units in England, Wales and Northern Ireland were 60 or older as of July 31, according to a research charity .
A recent US study of coronavirus cases in 7,780 children in 26 countries found that nearly one in five patients did not have any symptoms. Another in five developed lung damage during the infection.
About 3.3% were admitted to intensive care units and seven deaths were reported, according to research from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio.
A study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that people under the age of 20 were about half as susceptible to coronavirus infection as those over the age of 20.
There have been extremely rare cases of children developing inflammatory syndrome similar to Kawasaki disease, and scientists are exploring a possible delayed immune response to the coronavirus.
Why did Facebook last delete a Trump post?
In June, Facebook said it had removed ads for President Trump’s re-election campaign that featured a symbol used in Nazi Germany.
The company said the offending ad contained an inverted red triangle similar to that used by the Nazis to label opponents such as the Communists.
Mr. Trump’s campaign team said the far-left activist group antifa uses the symbol and refers to it.
The ads, which were posted to the site on pages owned by President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, were online for approximately 24 hours and received hundreds of thousands of views before being removed.
Coronavirus misinformation has tested social media like never before, sometimes prompting complaints that sanctions are not being applied consistently against users.
In March, Twitter said that a tweet from entrepreneur Elon Musk suggesting that children are “essentially immune” to the coronavirus did not break its rules.
Are American schools reopening in the midst of a pandemic?
Hundreds of school districts across the country have abandoned plans to reopen as coronavirus infections have increased in a number of US states.
Some 20 of the country’s 25 largest school districts have announced that they will start offering distance education.
Among the schools that do not reopen, there is one attended by the president’s son, Barron Trump, in suburban Maryland.
St Andrew’s Episcopal School said in a letter to parents that it would instead opt for virtual learning to protect the health of students, families and staff.
Last week, staff from Georgia’s largest school district, Gwinnett County, returned to school campuses to begin planning for the fall reopening.
A day later, 260 employees were told to stay away from their schools because they had tested positive for the coronavirus or had been exposed to another infected person.
One of the country’s first school districts to reopen, near Indianapolis, Indiana, had a positive student test on day one.
The child’s parents had sent him to campus, knowing his test result was pending, school officials said.
Other students who had approached within 6 feet of the patient for more than 15 minutes were sent home to self-isolate for 14 days.