Facebook spokesman Andy Stone confirmed that the company removed the post for breaking the Covid-19 disinformation rules.
President Trump, by his own admission, downplayed the threat of Covid-19. Now, while battling his own bout of illness, he has continued to dishonestly downplay the severity of the virus.
His assignment on Tuesday falsely equated Covid-19 with seasonal flu.
The president also posted the same message on Twitter. That post is still live, but Twitter added a message to the Tweet stating that it violates the company’s rule on spreading misleading information related to Covid-1
In August, Facebook and Twitter removed a Trump post for containing false claims about Covid-19. The post contained a video of the president during an interview with Fox News in which he falsely claimed that children are “nearly immune” to the virus.
Tuesday afternoon, Trump tweeted,
“REPEAL SECTION 230 !!!” He said no more, leaving exactly what he was referring to out of the tweet, but it was likely a response to actions taken by Facebook and Twitter. Section 230 is an abbreviation for the part of US law that gives tech companies immunity for nearly all of their content moderation decisions.