For the very first time in history, Facebook has deleted a post by President Trump.
The official line coming out of Facebook is that the post violated its policy against spreading misinformation about the coronavirus.
Before now, Facebook has labelled posts but not actually removed them.
Trump official and campaign accounts posted a video clip from a Fox News interview in which he claimed children are “almost immune” from COVID-19.
In the interview Trump says:
“If you look at children, children are almost – and I would almost say definitely – but almost immune from the disease.”
“[The] 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.”
Trump also posted the same information on Twitter, which remains up, at time of writing.
The action represents a turn-about for Facebook. Up until now, Mark Zuckerberg has been a proponent of free speech on his site.
Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said:
“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.”
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