Coronoavirus Chronicles: Twitter and Facebook Flag “Misleading and Potentially Harmful” Trump COVID Post

Twitter and Facebook Flag “Misleading and Potentially Harmful” Trump COVID Post

 

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Both Twitter and Facebook took action on Tuesday morning after Donald Trump posted that COVID-19 is no more dangerous than the common flu — a lie.

The president — who is still suffering from the virus (although how serious his condition is remains somewhat unclear) posted, “Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!”

Facebook removed the post entirely, and shortly thereafter, Twitter tagged the post as a violation of its rules, stating “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”

This is not the first time the social media platforms took action due to Trump’s spreading of false information about the pandemic or the upcoming election.

Trump made a show of leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday as if it was a scene from a movie — despite the fact he is still sick with COVID-19 and his own medical team said he is “not out of the woods yet.”

Nonetheless, Trump made a big to-do of his return to the White House, taking off his mask and then making a social media video in which he told the American people not to fear the virus, which has killed more than 210,000 and counting.

The president was blasted on social media and in the press for his posturing about the seriousness of the virus.

“The virus doesn’t care about left and right,” CNN’s Chris Cuomo said Monday night. “The virus does what’s reasonable. You give me a chance, I will spread. You keep away from me, you don’t give me a chance. I run out of hosts. I die. I’m the truth. If you are doing the right thing, you don’t see me that much. If you are doing the wrong thing, you do. The White House is literally what we fear the most, a rash of contagion called a cluster.”