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– Facebook Inc on Wednesday took down a put up by U.S. President Donald Trump, which the corporate stated violated its guidelines in opposition to sharing misinformation in regards to the coronavirus.
The put up contained a video clip, from an interview with Fox & Friends earlier within the day, Trump claimed that youngsters 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 spokesman stated.
The White House didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The spokesman stated it was the primary time that the social media firm had eliminated a Trump put up for coronavirus misinformation.
It additionally gave the impression to be the primary reported occasion of Facebook taking down a put up from the president for breaching its misinformation guidelines.
The firm had beforehand eliminated adverts from Trump’s election marketing campaign for breaking misinformation guidelines, in that case round a nationwide census.
It had additionally taken down each Trump posts and marketing campaign adverts that confirmed a crimson inverted triangle, a logo the Nazis used to establish political prisoners, for violating its coverage in opposition to organized hate.
A Trump tweet containing the video was nonetheless accessible on Twitter on Wednesday night. Twitter Inc didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
(Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford in Birmingham, England; Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber, Aurora Ellis and Jane Wardell)