Facebook and Twitter, in a new act of censorship against President Trump, removed a post from his page on both platforms for allegedly violating the policy against dissemination of misinformation about the CCP Virus. The publication contained an interview with Fox News in which President Trump mentioned that children are “virtually immune.”
The video in the controversy, an interview with “Fox & Friends,” aired Wednesday morning, Aug. 6 and Trump said children should return to school because they are “nearly immune” or “virtually immune” from the disease.
“This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 [CCP Virus], which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation,” said Liz Bourgeois, communications director, strategic response at Facebook in a dialogue with FOX News.
This time it was Facebook that took the initiative to censor, although it is the first time it removed a post by President Trump for violating its policies on CCP Virus misinformation.
Hours later the same video, which had also been posted on President Trump’s Twitter campaign account, was listed as blocked and the account disabled from posting.
A Twitter representative gave a message to FOX News similar to the one given by Facebook. The tweet was removed because it was “the tweet you referenced is in violation of the Twitter Rules on COVID-19 [CCP Virus] misinformation. The account owner will be required to remove the tweet before they can tweet again.”
Trump’s campaign spokeswoman, Courtney Parella, told FOX News that “Another day, another display of Silicon Valley’s flagrant bias against this president, where the rules are only enforced in one direction.” She added, “Social media companies are not the arbiters of truth.”
The virus in children
President Trump is a strong advocate for children returning to school as soon as possible. And this position has led to several confrontations, especially with Democratic governors who say children should stay home as long as the virus continues to circulate.
The scientific world is also debating the issue, but a growing number of studies and statistics prove that healthy children are not a risk group, and even have a low capacity to transmit the virus.
According to official data from the National Center for Health Statistics, to date, 43 children under the age of 15 have died from the CCP virus in the United States. This is really little if we take note that they represent only 0.03% of the total deaths caused by the virus. The statistics are updated weekly.
As an example, and to compare with other diseases, we found that influenza, another contagious respiratory disease, killed about 477 people under 17 in the 2018-2019 season. Also according to the CDC, from 2010 to mid-2019, the flu killed an average of 511 children per year.
Adding to the statistics are health professionals who argue that there is no scientific reason not to start classes in the fall.
The former head of neurology at Stanford Medical Center, Dr. Scott Atlas, in an interview with Fox News, said the risk of children contracting the CCP Virus and dying is virtually zero. And he added that rarely could children transmit the virus to adults.