Three social networks Facebook Inc. (FB) YouTube and Twitter Inc. (TWTR) pulled down multiple posts by U.S President Donald Trump generally citing that the posts contained misleading information about coronavirus pandemic.
Facebook said it pulled down a post by the President since it violates rules in place against sharing misinformation about 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,” said Facebook’s spokesperson.
The post in question included a video clip in which President Trump was in an interview with Fox & Friends where he claimed children are almost immune to COVID-19.
“Children handle it very well. If you look at the numbers, in terms of mortality, fatalities … for children under a certain age their immune systems are very very strong and very powerful. They seem to be able to handle it very well and that’s according to every statistical claim,” says President Trump in the video.
Through its spokesperson, YouTube also said it had taken down the same video from its platform citing violation of its COVID-19 policies. Unfortunately, the original interview still remained available on Fox News account in YouTube.
The same video had been posted on twitter by Trump’s campaign team @TeamTrump account, which the President later shared it. Twitter also pulled down the video saying it broke its COVID-19 misinformation rules.
Additionally, Twitter said the owner of @TeamTrump account will have to first remove the tweet before they can ever tweet again.
Trump’s campaign team didn’t take taking down of the video lightly, the team says some social networks companies are biased against the President since he said nothing but the truth.
“Social media companies are not the arbiters of truth,” said Courtney Parella, a spokeswoman of the team.