Both Facebook and Twitter have penalised the United States’ President, Donald Trump for posting a video claiming that children are “almost immune” to COVID-19.
Facebook took down the post – a clip from an interview Mr Trump gave to Fox News – saying it contained “harmful Covid misinformation”.
Twitter took similar action saying it had frozen a Trump campaign account until a tweet of the same clip was removed.
Facebook said that the post violated its rules against sharing 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,” Facebook spokesman said.
The spokesperson added that it was the first time that Facebook will be removing Trump’s post on Conavirus misinformation.
A Twitter spokesperson said the @TeamTrump tweet “is in violation of the Twitter Rules on COVID-19 misinformation”.
“The account owner will be required to remove the Tweet before they can Tweet again.”
In response to the takedown, Courtney Parella, a spokesperson for the Trump campaign criticized Silicon Valley for being biased against Trump, saying “social media companies are not the arbiters of truth.”