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

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

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.

Trump posted a video of his interview with Fox News where he falsely claimed that children are "almost immune" from COVID-19, which CNN reporter Donie O'Sullivan captured before it was removed from Facebook.

YouTube, through a spokesman, said it had also pulled down the video for violating its Covid-19 misinformation policies.

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.

President Donald Trump Friday night, desperate to save his flailing re-election campaign with less than 100 days to go, promised to force insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions - a policy that has existed for years as current law under ObamaCare, and with no increase in premiums.

Numerous 35 Facebook and 88 Instagram accounts posed as Americans, and some managed Trump fan pages, but they ran afoul of the social network's rules on what it calls coordinated inauthentic behavior.

Facebook said Thursday it had scrubbed hundreds of accounts from networks that impersonated Black Americans who appeared to support President Donald Trump. "Social media companies are not the arbiters of truth", said Courtney Parella, a spokeswoman with the campaign.

Facebook said this is the first time it has completely taken down a post by Trump for pushing coronavirus misinformation, according to The New York Times' reporter Davey Alba.

A Twitter spokesperson told Gizmodo via email, "The @TeamTrump Tweet you referenced is in violation of the Twitter Rules on COVID-19 misinformation". YouTube did not immediately respond to requests to clarify which videos were taken down.

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