Daily Mail: ‘The President was stating a fact’: White House attacks Facebook and Twitter for ‘flagrant bias’ after they removed video of his interview claim that children are ‘almost immune’ from Covid-19
* Trump had uploaded a video to Facebook of an interview with Fox News in which he falsely stated that children are ‘almost immune’ from COVID-19
* ‘They have much stronger immune system than [adults],’ Trump said in the video, which the account for his presidential campaign also tweeted
* The Trump campaign has accused Facebook and Twitter of displaying ‘flagrant bias’ against the president, saying he was ‘stating a fact’ in the shared video
* Facebook said the president’s post was removed for violating the social media platform’s ‘policies around harmful COVID misinformation’
* The move was followed by Twitter a short while after, which announced it has ordered Trump’s campaign account to remove a post featuring the same video
* Twitter said the account will be banned from tweeting until the post is removed
Donald Trump’s press secretary accused Silicon Valley of ‘flagrant bias’ after Facebook took down a post from the President’s personal page for making claims about children and coronavirus.
Trump had uploaded a video of an interview he gave to Fox News on Wednesday, in which he claimed children are ‘almost immune’ to COVID-19.
‘The President was stating a fact that children are less susceptible to the coronavirus,’ Trump’s deputy national press secretary Courtney Parella said in an emailed 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.’
A spokesperson for Trump’s campaign also leveled similar accusations of bias against Twitter.
‘The Twitter employee who announced why the account was briefly suspended is also Kamala Harris’s former press secretary. Silicon Valley is hopelessly biased against the President,’ the spokesperson said, according to Breaking911.
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Update #1: Twitter and Facebook Block Trump Video, Citing Covid Misinformation (Bloomberg)
Update #2: Facebook and Twitter sanction Trump for post claiming kids are ‘virtually immune’ to coronavirus (Politico)
WNU Editor: Children have done remarkably well when it comes to Covid-19. There are very few deaths, and very few hospitalizations. So I can understand why someone would say that children are “almost immune” from Covid-19. But the big concern right now is over worries that children are transmitters of the disease. Unfortunately, it is only now that Science is starting to look at this.