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Facebook deletes Trump’s posts giving COVID-19 misinformation

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Facebook Inc and Twitter made a move on posts from U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday for abusing their principles against Covid falsehood by recommending that COVID-19 was much the same as seasonal influenza.

Facebook brought the post down however not before it was shared around multiple times, information from the organization’s metric tool CrowdTangle appeared.

“We eliminate off base data about the seriousness of COVID-19,” an organization representative told Reuters.

The world’s biggest web-based media organization, which absolves legislators from its outsider actuality checking program, has seldom made a move against posts from the Republican U.S. president.

Twitter disabled retweets on a similar tweet from Trump on Tuesday and added a warning label that said it broke its rules on “spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19” but that it might be in the public interest for it to remain accessible.

During the 2019-2020 influenza season, the flu was associated with 22,000 deaths in the United States, according to estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Since the first case of the novel coronavirus was recorded in the United States at the beginning of this year, more than 210,000 people in the country have died of the disease caused by the virus, the world’s highest death toll.

On Monday, Trump told Americans “to get out there” and not fear COVID-19 as he returned to the White House after a three-night stay in a military hospital outside Washington where he was treated for COVID-19.

“Silicon Valley and the mainstream media have consistently used their platforms to fearmonger and censor President Trump to serve their own agenda, even now during this critical moment in the fight against coronavirus,” Trump campaign spokeswoman Courtney Parella said.

Twitter, which has been using labels to flag tweets with misinformation – including from the president – told Reuters it is currently trying to respond more quickly and more overtly.

Facebook removed a Trump post for coronavirus misinformation for the first time in August. The post included a video in which the president falsely claimed that children were “almost immune” to COVID-19.

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