Twitter Restricts Trump Campaign Account; Facebook Removes A Trump Post

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( Facebook and Twitter both took action against President Donald Trump Wednesday over a post they claimed contained false information about COVID-19.

The post contained a video of an interview with Trump and Fox News on Wednesday morning. Facebook removed the post from the president’s page. In a statement, Andy Stone, a spokesperson for Facebook, said:

“This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation.”

Specifically, Stone cited Trump’s statement that children are “almost immune” to the coronavirus.

In response, Trump campaign spokesperson Courtney Parella said Trump was “stating a fact that children are less susceptible to the coronavirus.” She accused tech giants of having bias against the president, saying “social media companies are not the arbiters of truth.”

This marked the first time Facebook outright removed one of the president’s posts from their site completely. In the past, they have attached a warning label to it, which the company says makes it much more difficult for users to see.

Trump’s campaign shared that same video on its Twitter page, and was hit with a more severe punishment. Twitter temporarily disabled the account’s page.

A spokesperson for Twitter said the video “is in violation of the Twitter Rules on COVID-19 misinformation. The account owner will be required to remove the Tweet before they can Tweet again.”

The temporary ban included a restriction on the Trump campaign account’s overall functionality, including the ability to send tweets, for 12 hours. The Trump campaign Twitter page was able to tweet again around 9 p.m. Wednesday night.

Some studies have suggested that children are less prone to becoming infected by the coronavirus than adults are, and when they are infected, they’re more likely to have mild symptoms. However, nothing has been outright proven in that regard.

In April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a study that looked at 2,500 children. It found that roughly one in five children who were infected were hospitalized as a result, compared to one in three adults.

That study, though, lacked full data on every case, making it hard to prove that children are “virtually immune” to coronavirus. The study further suggested that children could be significant spreaders of the virus, since many who are infected don’t show serious symptoms.

Twitter put a similar ban in place on Donald Trump Jr. last week. They did so in response to the president’s son posting a video of a doctor making incorrect claims about cures for coronavirus. The doctor also said people “don’t need masks” to prevent coronavirus from spreading.

Back in June, Twitter added a warning label to a tweet Trump himself sent out. That message warned protesters that if they tried to set up an “autonomous zone” in Washington, D.C., they’d be “met with serious force!”

When the company censored the president then, it said it violated Twitter’s policy “against abusive behavior, specifically, the presence of a threat of harm against an identifiable group.”