Facebook on Wednesday deleted one of the posts share in President Donald Trump’s page on the social media platform, where he shared a misleading video claiming children are almost immune to the novel coronavirus.
Facebook’s move comes amid severe criticism from the public over unfairly pertaining to the US president to break content guidelines repeatedly. Facebook removed Trump’s post citing violation of COVID misinformation policy according to media reports.
“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 spokesperson told the Guardian.
Trump in the shared video was claiming that children are “almost immune from COVID-19” is a false assertion, as there is no such official claim. Children do get COVID although symptoms tend to remain milder than in adults.
Facebook’s move comes after the soial media giant’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended Trump sharing a provocative and threating post durring the George Floyd upsurge saying: “When the looting starts the shooting starts.”
Trump also shared the same child footage on his election campaign page @Team Trump but was taken down by the micro-blogging giant.
The series of social media censor on Trump’s posts happens for a number of times since the COVID-19 outbreak as the President had the time and again shared misleading, insensitive and a threat to violence posts.
The Guardian noted events such as the recent George Floyd murder and the pandemic has shaped social media to take stricter and prompter actions and edit potentially harmful and provocative posts.
The US President is known for his aggressive use of social media as his propaganda tool. He famously said Twitter is like owning a newspaper without the demerits.
Facebook in the past did edit Mr. President’s posts but this action is the first time on the ground of spreading coronavirus misinformation by himself.
Earlier Facebook removed a post featuring a symbol historically related to the Nazis and another post promoting a false COVID cure.
“Silicon Valley is hopelessly biased against the President and only enforces the rules in one direction,” Trump’s director of communications tweeted.