Facebook Put Down Trump’s Post For Spreading COVID-19 Misinformation

  • AUTHOR: anam
  • POSTED ON: August 6, 2020

Oh, so Facebook does have a line!

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It was the first time Facebook took action against President Trump for spreading COVID-19 misinformation that has been widely criticized for constantly letting the President break its content rules.

The official page of President’s Donald Trump posted a video, in which he claimed children to be immune to Covid-19. Facebook took down this video on Wednesday as it violates the social network’s policy against misinformation surrounding the pandemic.

“This video includes false claims that a group of people are immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation,” stated the spokesperson over email.

Not just Facebook but Twitter also came into action against Trump for posting a similar video from his official account for re-election, @TeamTrump. According to the company’s spokesperson, the account holder must remove the false tweet before they can be able to tweet again.

Facebook has been widely criticized for not executing its content policies on President Trump. Its advertisers, employees and civil-rights leaders fiercely opposed Facebook for authorizing Trump to spread lies regarding mail-in voting on the platform and to let him use abusive and intimidating language for the Black Lives Matter demonstrators.

This time, his latest Facebook post went to extremes which the company had no other option but to remove.

Unlike twitter, who previously flagged Trump’s tweets as “abusive behaviour”, Facebook seems a bit reclusive to take action. Let’s just say Facebook isn’t ballsy like Twitter!

On Wednesday afternoon, Trump repeated his false claims about children’s immunity against the disease during a press briefing. Somebody has to get his facts straight, though!

Updated August 6, 2020
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