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Facebook removed a Trump post claiming children are ‘almost immune’ to coronavirus

In a Wednesday morning interview on Fox News’ Fox & Friends, Donald Trump claimed children are “almost immune” to COVID-19. Evidence suggests this is not true. Trump also suggested schools should reopen because the virus will “go away.”

The video was then shared on the president’s Facebook page. The social network decided this violated its content guidelines on misinformation and removed the post, as reported by NBC News.

It’s one of the rare times the social network has acted on one of the president’s posts. A Facebook spokesperson told NBC: Read More

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The Verge

Twitter blocked Trump campaign account from tweeting over COVID-19 misinformation


Twitter said it would prevent President Trump’s @TeamTrump campaign account from tweeting until it removed a tweet that violates Twitter’s rules on COVID-19 misinformation, the company confirmed to The Verge Wednesday evening. However, it appears that @TeamTrump has removed the tweet in violation of the rules, as it has tweeted again several times this evening.

The tweet in dispute, according to The Washington Post, was a clip of an interview Trump gave to Fox News where he falsely claimed that children are “almost immune” to COVID-19. Read More

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TechCrunch

Twitter locked the Trump campaign out of its account for sharing COVID-19 misinformation – TechCrunch


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 clip, taken from a Wednesday morning Fox News interview, President Trump makes the unfounded assertion that children are “almost immune” from COVID-19.

“If you look at children, children are almost — and I would almost say definitely — but almost immune from this disease,” Trump said. “They don’t have a problem. They just don’t have a problem.” Read More

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TechCrunch

Facebook just took down a Trump post that claimed kids are immune to COVID-19 – TechCrunch


Facebook took down a video President Trump posted to his account Wednesday, citing its rules against false claims about the coronavirus. The decision to remove the video signals a new direction for Facebook, which has been taking incremental steps recently to distance itself from the perception that the company deliberately turns a blind eye to the president’s potentially harmful behavior.

The video in question was a clip from a Fox News segment from Wednesday morning in which the president makes the unsubstantiated claim that children are “almost immune” to COVID-19. While much remains unknown about the novel coronavirus, children can contract COVID-19 and are believed to be able to spread it to others, even without symptoms. Read More

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Engadget

Facebook removes Trump post for ‘harmful COVID misinformation’


It marks the first time Facebook has removed one of Trump’s posts under the policy. The company has previously taken down Trump campaign ads for breaking its rules around “organized hate” and misleading information about the US census.

The video was also shared on Twitter, where it remains up. On Facebook, the video was visible for at least four hours and was viewed hundreds of thousands of times before it was removed, according to New York Times reporter Davey Alba.

Facebook has previously been reluctant to enforce its rules when it comes posts from politicians, especially Trump. Mark Zuckerberg criticized Twitter CEO for fact checking one of Trump’s tweets, though Zuckerberg later said he would consider adding labels to some posts from politicians that might otherwise break Facebook’s rules. The company has taken a somewhat tougher stance when it comes to misinformation about COVID-19, and Zuckerberg has called the US response to the pandemic “disappointing.” Read More

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The Verge

Facebook removes Trump post for falsely claiming children are ‘almost immune’ to COVID-19


Facebook has removed a post posted by President Donald Trump’s account for violations of its misinformation policy, the company confirmed to The Verge. The video posted was of a Trump interview with Fox News’ Fox & Friends program, in which the president claimed children are “almost immune” to COVID-19, which is false. The interview also included Trump saying COVID-19 “is going to go away,” and that his view is that “schools should open” because “this it will go away like things go away.” Read More

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Mashable

Facebook removes Trump post for spreading COVID-19 misinformation

Facebook, apparently, does have a line.

The social media giant removed a video from Donald Trump’s official Facebook page on Wednesday. The stated reason, according to a company spokesperson, was that the post spread misinformation about the coronavirus.

“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,” confirmed the spokesperson over email.

A visit to Trump’s Facebook page shows no trace of the post. When asked if Facebook would put some sort of notice in place of the now-removed video — perhaps explaining why it was removed — the spokesperson replied that’s not Facebook’s policy.  Read More

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TechCrunch

Instagram’s hashtag searches gave Trump better treatment than Biden – TechCrunch


Instagram apparently handled searches for popular hashtags related to the two presidential candidates differently, pointing Joe Biden search queries toward often negative related hashtags while making no such suggestions in corresponding searches pertaining to President Trump.

A new report by the Tech Transparency Project details the strange platform behavior. In the report, the tech watchdog compared searches for 20 popular hashtags related to the Trump and Biden campaigns and found that related hashtag suggestions were disabled for the Trump-related searches, including #donaldtrump, #trump, #draintheswamp and #trump2020. Read More

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Mashable

‘The Daily Show’ mocks Fox News’ one-sided treatment of gaffes in Trump montage

It probably won’t surprise you to learn that Fox News spends a fair bit of time bashing Joe Biden, with his “gaffes,” “trouble reading” and “trouble getting through the words” regularly coming up as talking points on the network.

But as The Daily Show highlighted in a new montage, there’s more wordplay afoot than Biden’s.

In the clip above, Biden criticisms from Fox News hosts and contributors are cut together with the many clips of Donald Trump stumbling over his words, starting with his recent failure to pronounce “Yosemite” when talking about America’s national parks. Read More

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Mashable

Trump interviewer’s viral reactions are now 2020’s most useful meme format

On Monday night, an exhausted and baffled nation got yet another reminder that it is being governed by a narcissistic toddler-fascist, but at least it also got a new meme format to express how constantly exhausting and baffling that is.

HBO aired a long sit-down interview between President Trump and Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, in which Trump doubled down on several of his latest gaffes, insulted the memory and legacy of civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis at length, including saying he himself had done more for Black Americans than Lewis or in fact “any president since Lincoln.” Most memorably, he threw a small tantrum (“You can’t do that!”) when Swan pressed him to discuss the reality of his coronavirus response beyond one specific graph his staff had printed out for him, handing the journalist the paper when he found himself unable to parse the statistics he clearly doesn’t actually understand. Read More