MILAN – Facebook Inc and Twitter took action on post from U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday for violating their rules against coronavirus misinformation by suggesting the COVID-19 was just like flu.
Facebook took the post down but not before it was shared about 26,000 times, data from the company’s metric tool CrowdTangle showed.
‘We removes incorrect information about the severity of COVID-19’, a company spokesman told Reuters.
The world’s largest social media company, which exempts politicians from its third-party fact – checking program, has rarely taken action against post from the president.
Twitter disabled retweets on a similar tweet from Trump on Tuesday and added a warning label that said it broke its rules on ‘spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19’ but that it might be in the public interest for it to remain accessible.
During the 2019 – 2020 influenza season, the flu was associated with 22,000 deaths in the United States, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates.
Since the first case of coronavirus was recorded in the United States at the beginning of this year, more than 210,000 people in the country have died, the world’s highest death toll.