Facebook on Wednesday reportedly removed a video posted to President Donald Trump’s personal page.
The video included a segment from a Fox News interview that Trump gave via phone on Wednesday morning. During the interview, Trump falsely claimed that children are “almost immune from” COVID-19.
“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,” a Facebook spokesperson told the Daily Dot in a statement.
Trump was discussing why schools should reopen when he touted that children are “virtually immune” to COVID-19. Even though children are less vulnerable to the coronavirus, that is false. Children can contract, transmit, and even die from COVID-19. Some research suggests children are “superspreaders.”
According to CNN, the same clip that was removed from Facebook was also posted to Twitter by the Team Trump account.
Facebook has long been criticized for seemingly refusing to take action against Trump’s posts. While this is reportedly the first time Facebook has removed a Trump post for coronavirus misinformation, it, in June, removed ads that the Trump campaign posted. The ads featured a symbol used by Nazis.