UPDATE- 5:30PM PDT time on August 5th
The Washington Post reports that Twitter has banned the official account for President Trump’s campaign from tweeting until the account until he removes a post containing false information on COVID19.
The video, which was removed by Facebook earlier today is a segment from an interview where President Trump claims that children are “almost immune” to COVID19. Twitter told The Washington Post that the tweet violated its rules against misinformation, so therefore it was hidden and the accounts ability to tweet will remain disabled until the post is removed
Facebook has finally decided to fairly implement its policy to all of its users, including the President of the United States. On Wednesday the company for the first time removed a post by President Trump which included a segment from a recent interview where the President falsely claimed that children are “almost immune” to the COVID19 disease.
Andy Stone, a Facebook policy spokesperson told NBC News that the post violated the companies policy on misinformation about COVID19 saying:
“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.”Andy Stone, Facebook policy spokesperson
The move is a rare public move from Facebook which has taken a back seat on censoring the President and his top officials while Twitter hasn’t held back. The specific video tweeted by the President included him stating that children should return to school this fall due to them being “virtually immune” to the COVID19 disease, despite the evidence showing otherwise.
Currently, a link to the post displays a message “This Content Isn’t Available Right Now.” The President, the White House, nor his aides have commented on the removal.