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Facebook, Twitter take down US President Trump’s video claiming children immune to COVID-19

Tech giant Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday took quick action against US President Donald Trump for posts by him and his official campaign accounts in which he claimed that children are “almost immune” to 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,” Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone said on Wednesday as quoted by CNN.

The social media giant had removed a clip of them from an interview he gave to Fox News. Similarly, Twitter too said it had frozen the @TeamTrump account because it posted the same interview excerpt, which President Trump’s account shared. A Twitter spokesperson said that the account will be frozen till the time that the tweet was removed.

Courtney Parella, a spokesperson for Trump’s campaign said that Trump “was stating a fact that children are less susceptible to the coronavirus”.

According to CNN, she further alleged that social media companies of having a bias against the president further calling them “not the arbiters of truth”.