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Facebook has said that it removed a post from U.S. President Donald Trump’s page that falsely claimed children are ‘almost immune’ to COVID-19. The post was part of an interview Trump gave to Fox News on Wednesday morning.
“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,” Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone said in a statement Wednesday evening.
The same video clip was posted to Twitter, which also pulled it saying that it was “in violation of the Twitter Rules on COVID-19 misinformation.”
Trump campaign spokesperson Courtney Parella amended the president’s claims before going on to say that big tech is biased against Trump.
“The President was stating a fact that children are less susceptible to the coronavirus,” Parella said in a statement.
“Another day, another display of Silicon Valley’s flagrant bias against this President, where the rules are only enforced in one direction. Social media companies are not the arbiters of truth.”
While Facebook has previously removed Trump campaign ads, this marks the first time it has removed a post from the president’s page concerning COVID-19.
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