Twitter Temporarily Bans Donald Trump Team From Tweeting

Twitter Temporarily Bans Donald Trump Team From Tweeting

Social media platforms Twitter and Facebook have removed a video clip of US President Donald Trump claiming in an interview that children were "almost immune" to COVID-19.

This time, Facebook has deleted a post from Trump's page because it contained a video with misinformation about COVID-19.

FOX Business' Stuart Varney argues President Trump has been silenced by social media companies like Facebook and Twitter. Shortly after that, Twitter highlighted another tweet for violating its rules against glorifying violence when Mr Trump tweeted that "when the looting starts, the shooting starts", a reference to protests against police brutality and racism in Minneapolis.

The end result is that Twitter has banned the Trump Team until he removes the misinformation.

President Donald Trump on Thursday insisted that his comment about children being almost immune to the coronavirus - which Facebook and Twitter blocked for being false - was "perfect". "Social media companies are not the arbiters of truth".

In late May, the company flagged two Trump posts about mail-in ballots, part of a new policy preventing false or confusing information related to voting.

YouTube also announced it was taking the video down from Trump's campaign channel for violating the company's misinformation policies. The Post reported that roughly 300 children have contracted a rare inflammatory disease due to COVID-19 called multisystem inflammatory syndrome, and six have died.

Trump defended his comments about the virus's effect on children when challenged during a White House press briefing earlier Wednesday. In Indiana, the superintendent of Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation said he was "very shocked" that the school had to implement an emergency protocol on the first day of the school's reopening last week after a student tested positive for Covid-19.

Although cases in younger people are often less serious, children can get Covid-19 and are not immune.

Twitter also plans new authentication labels for "key government officials" authorized to speak on behalf of the state.

In recent weeks, Facebook has tried to play down longstanding accusations that it has taken a suspiciously permissive attitude towards Trump and his re-election campaign to curry favour, and that some of its policies - such as allowing politicians to lie in ads - are obvious political constructions created to avoid backlash from right-wingers. Facebook took down the video about four hours after it was uploaded, saying the post violated its policies specifically tailored for health misinformation around the coronavirus.

On Wednesday, Twitter and Facebook both penalised Trump for sharing the same clip.



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