On Wednesday, Twitter snatched the tweeting rights of the Trump campaign Twitter account. The reason-the account posted a video in which Trump was heard stating that children are “almost immune” from the COVID-19. The video contained excerpts from an interview of Donald Trump with Fox and Friends. The Trump campaign account could not post any more tweets until it removed the video.
In the interview, Trump made a statement saying, “If you look at children, children are almost — and I would almost say definitely — but almost immune from this disease. They don’t have a problem. They just don’t have a problem.”
Trump’s main account @realDonaldTrump, was also blamed for violating the social media policy even though the tweet was shared by Trump’s campaign account (@TeamTrump). There was some misinformation floating around that Trump’s main account was blocked; however, this was not true. The enforcement action was taken only against the Trump campaign account, which could finally start tweeting again around 6 PM PT.
When asked to comment about the entire fiasco, Twitter spokesperson Aly Pavela provided a statement to TechCrunch saying that “The @TeamTrump Tweet you referenced 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.”
Facebook deletes the same video from its platform
Ironically, Facebook also deleted the same post shared by Trump on the social media platform. This action by Facebook implies that the social media giant has been taking baby steps to disprove the assumption that it has been intentionally ignoring the president’s irrational attitude. It is for the very first time that Facebook has taken down a post shared by Trump. Previously, it had received a lot of backlash from lawmakers and its employees for not taking any actions against inflammatory posts by the president.
When queried about the same, Communications Director, Strategic Response at Facebook, Liz Bourgeois stated that “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.”
The connection between children and coronavirus
So far, the connection between kids and coronavirus remains unknown. Statistically, if one checks the coronavirus case reports within the US and other regions of the world, it seems that kids may not be severely affected by the COVID-19 virus. However, there is no information regarding the rate at which children can contract the disease and pass on the infection to others.
A youth camp in Georgia has generated a new report stating that “children of all ages are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection and, contrary to early reports, might play an important role in transmission.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most of the COVID-19 cases reported from across the world are adults. However, there have been a few cases of infants and kids contracting the disease, and they can spread the virus to others.
According to an analysis conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO), out of the total 6 million infections reported between February 24 and July 12, kids between 5 and 14 accounted for about 4.6% of the total infections.
The White House refused to make any comments. However, during a briefing with reporters at the White House, Trump once again stated that children are not easily affected by a coronavirus. He was heard telling the reporters, “Children handle it very well. If you look at the numbers, in terms of mortality, fatalities … for children under a certain age … their immune systems are very very strong and very powerful. They seem to be able to handle it very well and that’s according to every statistical claim.”
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