Daily Dispatch

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube pull Trump posts


Facebook on Wednesday took down a post by US President Donald Trump, which the company said violated its rules against sharing misinforma­tion about the coronaviru­s.

The post contained a video clip, from an interview with Fox & Friends earlier in the day, in which Trump claimed that children are “almost immune” to Covid-19.

“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,” a Facebook spokespers­on said.

A tweet containing the video that was posted by the Trump campaign’s @TeamTrump account and shared by the president was also later hidden by Twitter for breaking its Covid19 misinforma­tion rules.

A Twitter spokespers­on said the @TeamTrump account owner would be required to remove the tweet before they could tweet again.

YouTube, through a spokespers­on, said it had also pulled down the video for violating its Covid-19 misinforma­tion policies.

However, the original interview remains available on the Fox News page on the platform.

YouTube did not immediatel­y respond to requests to clarify which videos were taken down.

The Trump campaign accused the companies of bias against the president, saying Trump had stated a fact.

“Social media companies are not the arbiters of truth,” campaign spokespers­on Courtney Parella said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that though adults make up most of the known Covid-19 cases, some children and infants have been sick with the disease and they can also transmit it to others.

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