Facebook removes Donald Trump's post for containing false coronavirus claims

Facebook, Twitter Remove Trump’s COVID Misinformation Post (Again)

Facebook, Twitter take down Trump’s posts over false corona claims

The head of the trade group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Stephen Ubl, said Trump had created "even more barriers" to innovation and efforts to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

With coronavirus cases in the United States rising and states struggling to combat the outbreak, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday mandating that the government buy what he called "essential drugs" from US manufacturers instead of foreign companies.

"They have much stronger immunes system than [adults]", Trump said in the video, which he also tweeted.

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A video of Mr Trump making the claim during a Fox News interview was earlier removed from Facebook in the first action aimed at the president's page by the leading social network.

In the removed video, Trump was heard speaking in a phone interview with Fox News in which he argued schools across the nation should be re-opening.

"I'm talking about (being immune) from getting very sick", Mr Trump said. Trump added children "don't have a problem, they just don't have a problem".

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'The President was stating a fact that children are less susceptible to the coronavirus, ' Trump's deputy national press secretary Courtney Parella said in an emailed statement.

"Silicon Valley is hopelessly biased against the president and only enforces the rules in one direction", the campaign's director of communications Tim Murtaugh wrote, in a reaction to the temporary ban that was retweeted by @TeamTrump.

The company has repeatedly stressed that it removes accounts based on behavior, such as masquerading as a fictitious person on the other side of the world, rather than posted content. Facebook does remove posts that encourage violence, or violate the company's rules against harmful health misinformation. A Truth Media website featured a section attacking the credibility of the Chinese Community Party, according to findings from the social media analysis firm Graphika.

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