Twitter took action against the official Trump campaign Twitter account Wednesday, freezing @TeamTrump’ s ability to tweet until it removed a video in which the president made misleading claims about the coronavirus. In the video time, taken from a Wednesday morning Fox News interview, President Trump represents the unfounded assertion that children are” almost immune” from COVID-1 9.
” If you look at children, children are roughly — and I would almost say definitely — but nearly immune from this canker ,” Trump said.” They don’t have a problem. They just don’t have a problem .”
While Trump’s main account @ realDonaldTrump linked out to the @ TeamTrump tweet in violation, it did not instantly share it. In spite of some mistaken reports that Trump’s own account is locked, at this time his account had not been subject to the same enforcement action as the Trump campaign account, which appears to have retrieved its ability to tweet around 6PM PT.
” The @TeamTrump Tweet you invoked is in violation of the Twitter Rules on COVID-1 9 misinformation ,” Twitter spokesperson Aly Pavela said in a statement provided to TechCrunch.” The detail owner will be required to remove the Tweet before they can Tweet again .”
Facebook also took its own unprecedented action against President Trump’s account late Wednesday, removing the post for violating its rules against pernicious fictitiou claims that different groups is immune to the virus.
The president’s false assertions were shaped in service of his mind that academies should reopen their classrooms in the twilight. In June, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos drew similar unscientific claims, arguing that children are” stoppers of the disease .”
In reality, the relationship between children and the virus is not yet well understood. While young children seem less prone to severe cases of COVID-1 9, the extent to which they contract and spread the virus isn’t yet known. In a new report examining transmission proportions at a Georgia youth camp, the CDC to be recognised that” children around all ages are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection and, contrary to early reports, might toy a major role in dissemination .”
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