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Facebook and Twitter restrict Trump accounts over ‘harmful’ virus claim

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

Twitter has restricted President Donald Trump’s campaign from tweeting after his accounts shared a video containing false claims about the coronavirus.

The tweet, a video of Trump’s interview with Fox News in which he said children are “almost immune” to the virus.

The video tweet is said to be a violation of the Twitter rules on Covid-19 information.

Twitter spokesperson said in a statement that , “The account owner will be required to remove the Tweet before they can Tweet again.

Facebook deleted the post Trump’s main page featuring the same interview for similar reasons.

A Facebook spokesperson said on Wednesday, “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.”

It was the first time Facebook had removed a Trump post for coronavirus misinformation, the spokesman said.

It also appeared to be the first reported instance of the social media company taking down a post from the president for breaching its misinformation rules.

Twitter last month temporarily suspended Mr Trump’s son, Donald Jr, for sharing a clip it said promoted “misinformation” about coronavirus and hydroxychloroquine.

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