Twitter reports Trump’s false statement regarding COVID-19 immunity


Twitter has just added a warning tag to a tweet from US President Donald Trump claiming, without proof, that he was immune to the coronavirus after his doctor cleared him to resume public activities.

“Full and complete approval from the White House doctors yesterday. It means I can’t get it (immune), and I can’t give it. Very nice to know !!! ” Asset wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

He also claimed immunity in an interview on Fox News where he said he believed he was immune for “maybe a long time, maybe a short time, could be a lifetime.”

There is no evidence that people are immune to the coronavirus if they have been infected once, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC specifically warns people not to assume they are immune.

Twitter’s warning label states that the tweet “violated Twitter’s rules regarding the dissemination of deceptive and potentially harmful information related to Covid-19.”

“We have placed a public interest notice on [President Trump’s] Tweet for violating our COVID-19 Misleading Information Policy by making misleading health claims about COVID-19, ”a Twitter spokesperson said. As is the norm with this public service notice, engagement with the Tweet will be significantly limited. ”

Trump posted the same message on his Facebook account, but the platform did not add a warning label despite breaking its rules. The post has been online for four hours and shared more than 24,000 times on Facebook.

CNN Business has reached out to Facebook for comment.

Jason Shepherd, a scientist whose research is funded by Mark Zuckerberg’s philanthropic organization, told CNN on Sunday that Facebook should “absolutely” take action on Trump’s post where he falsely claimed he was immune to the virus.

“Facebook just has to do better with misinformation. Especially when it comes to Covid where it can literally be life or death. They are too slow and I haven’t seen any real policy change since we sent our letter of concern to Mark [Zuckerberg]Said Shepherd, who works as an associate professor of neurobiology and biochemistry at the University of Utah.

Shepherd and other scientists who receive funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (named after Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan) sent a letter in June raising concerns about Facebook’s handling of Trump’s messages.

Facebook deleted a post from the president’s account on Tuesday after falsely claiming the flu was deadlier than COVID-19.

Twitter has already added this warning label to Trump’s tweets. Last month, Twitter posted a tweet from Trump about voting twice. And last week, he added a warning to a tweet from Trump falsely claiming that COVID-19 was less deadly than seasonal flu.

Twitter is trying to convince the public that it’s election-ready by rolling out new policies to curb disinformation. The company said Thursday it was expanding its policies to tackle voting misinformation. The new rules will likely force the platform to more aggressively check the facts of President Donald Trump in the final months of the 2020 campaign.

Twitter also stopped accepting political ads in 2019.

– CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan contributed to this report.


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