President Trump posted a video of his Fox News interview and Facebook censored him for the first time, citing that the content violated their misinformation policy. Twitter predictably continued their partisan crusade against the President and suspended his campaign account.
The video in question was a Wednesday interview he gave on Fox and Friends. When discussing opening schools across the nation, Mr. Trump said: “If you look at children, children are almost – I would almost say definitely – but almost immune from the disease.” He also pointed out that children have “much stronger immune systems than we do.”
Both social media platforms specified that the post violated new policies surrounding misinformation about coronavirus. Twitter went a step further than Facebook and suspended the president’s campaign account until the post was removed. It has since been reactivated.
Courtney Parella, a spokesperson for the campaign, said Trump was “stating a fact that children are less susceptible to the coronavirus.” Then pointed out that the censorship was just “another display of Silicon Valley’s flagrant bias against this President.”
Twitter has already censored Trump’s content with a warning label, for tweeting about meeting Seattle protesters with “serious force.” Last week, son Donald Jr.’s account was suspended after sharing an anti-mask video that was going viral, and has since been wiped from the internet.
For Facebook, this censorship marks the first time the company has removed any of the President’s content, though in the past, they have put fact-check labels on his posts.
Republican lawmakers accused Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube of unfair censorship of conservative content during the Congressional antitrust hearing in July.
Parella concisely pointed out that “social media companies are not the arbiters of truth.”