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Facebook removes Trump post over ‘false’ coronavirus claim

Facebook has removed a video by US President Donald Trump for the first time, saying it violated rules against sharing misinformation about COVID-19.

In the post, which was removed early Thursday, Mr. Trump said children were “almost immune” to the coronavirus.

“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 said.

The spokesman said it was the first time the social media company had removed a post by the US president.

A White House spokesperson later described Facebook’s action as political.

Mr. Trump’s campaign Twitter account also shared the same video and was suspended from tweeting until it removed the video.

Twitter spokeswoman Liz Kelley told the Washington Post the tweet (external link) “is in violation of the Twitter Rules on COVID-19 misinformation.”

Mr. Trump had shared the offending tweet from his personal account, but was not subject to any punishment from Twitter.

Last month, Facebook announced it would begin labelling newsworthy content that violated its policies.

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