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Facebook, Twitter take action on Trump's COVID posts

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Health Desk- 07 October 2020: Facebook Inc and Twitter took action on posts from US President Donald Trump on Tuesday for violating their rules against coronavirus misinformation by suggesting that COVID-19 was just like the 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 remove incorrect information about the severity of COVID-19,’ a company spokesman told media.

On Monday, Trump told Americans ‘to get out there’ and not fear COVID-19 as he returned to the White House after a three-night stay in a military hospital outside Washington where he was treated for COVID-19.

Facebook removed a Trump post for coronavirus misinformation for the first time in August. The post included a video in which the president falsely claimed that children were ‘almost immune’ to COVID-19.