Selasa, 06 Oktober 2020

Twitter, Facebook flag Donald Trump comparing COVID-19 to the flu - ABC News

Social media giants Twitter and Facebook have taken action against US President Donald Trump for downplaying the COVID-19 pandemic and comparing coronavirus to the seasonal flu.

"Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!" Mr Trump tweeted.


He had also posted the message to Facebook, before the company deleted the post.

"We remove incorrect information about the severity of Covid-19, and have now removed this post," Andy Stone, policy communications manager at Facebook told the BBC.

Twitter put a warning label on the tweet as potentially containing misleading information.

"This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public's interest for the Tweet to remain accessible," it said.

The United States has the world's highest death toll from the pandemic, with more than 210,000 deaths.

During the 2019-2020 influenza season, the flu was associated with 22,000 deaths, according to US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention estimates.

In August, Facebook removed a video by Mr Trump falsely claiming that children were "almost immune" to COVID-19.

Mr Trump's campaign Twitter account shared the same video and was suspended from tweeting until it removed the video..

'Restful' return to the White House, says Trump's doctor

A member of the cleaning staff sprays The James Brady Briefing Room of the White House.
A member of the cleaning staff sprays the James Brady Briefing Room of the White House.(AP: Alex Brandon)

The tweet came a day after Mr Trump was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Upon leaving the hospital Mr Trump told Americans "don't be afraid" of coronavirus.

In a Tuesday statement, Mr Trump's doctor Sean Conley said he was doing "extremely well" and reported no symptoms of COVID-19 after returning to the White House.

Mr Trump also tweeted he is planning to attend next week's presidential debate with Democrat Joe Biden in Miami.

"It will be great!" he said.

A growing number of White House staff and senior Republicans have tested positive for COVID-19 since Mr Trump revealed he had contracted the respiratory disease.

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Donald Trump is discharged from Walter Reed hospital.


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2020-10-06 17:42:00Z

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