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Facebook Removes Post from Donald Trump's Page For False Information On Coronavirus

Facebook Removes Post from Donald Trump's Page For False Information On Coronavirus

Facebook has removed a post from Donald Trump's page after it was flagged for misinformation about the coronavirus.

According to The Guardian, the upload was a video interview with Fox News where the US President claimed children were 'almost immune from Covid-19'.

While there is evidence to suggest that children experience milder symptoms than someone who is older, loads of kids have become incredibly sick from the coronavirus and even died.

As a result, Facebook, for the first time ever, has removed a post from Trump's page.

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A spokesperson for the social media company said in a statement: "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 has been under scrutiny to crack down harder on people and pages who spread misinformation, however boss Mark Zuckerberg hit back, saying private companies shouldn't meddle with free speech.

He told Fox News: "I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn't be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online.

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"Private companies probably shouldn't be, especially these platform companies, shouldn't be in the position of doing that."

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But, it seems like the tide is turning and the company is trying to get rid of statements and information that is contrary to fact or research - which is so important during a pandemic.

Twitch and Twitter sanctioned the US President in separate ways during May and June.

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Last year, Twitter said it would begin to label tweets from politicians that violated its rules, stressing that it would not remove the tweets as they are in the 'public interest'. The feature made an appearance on Donald Trump's account after he made claims about mail-in voting.

As Trump posted about mail-in voting being 'fraudulent', Twitter labelled the tweet with a link reading 'Get the facts about mail-in ballots', which directed users to a Twitter Moments page that allowed them to read further news stories about the topic.

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Credit: Donald Trump/Twitter

The aim was to ensure that people read unbiased reports about an issue to see the wider context, rather than necessarily accepting individual tweets as cast-iron fact. Trump then threatened to introduce legislation that would restrict the power of social media platforms.

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A month later, Twitch temporarily suspended Trump's account for violating the company's rules against hateful conduct and harassment.

A Twitch spokesperson said in a statement: "Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch. In line with our policies, President Trump's channel has been issued a temporary suspension from Twitch for comments made on stream, and the offending content has been removed."

Twitch highlighted two examples from Trump's channel that violated the rules. The first was a campaign rally speech from 2015 that was recently shown again on Twitch, where the President made a number of wildly inaccurate statements about immigrants.

The second example Twitch gave was taken from a rally early this month in Oklahoma, where Trump basically repeated the exact same claim.

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Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.