Facebook deletes President Trump post, citing misinformation rules about COVID-19

President Donald Trump posted information about the coronavirus Tuesday that social media sites deleted or hid, citing misinformation rules.


Less than a day after President Donald Trump left a military hospital where he received treatment for COVID-19, social media sites took action on a post he made about the virus, citing their misinformation rules.

Above video: President Trump leaves Walter Reed medical center

In the post, Trump falsely claimed that COVID-19 is less deadly than the seasonal flu.

While Facebook removed the post, Twitter hid it with a disclaimer that it was misleading information.

Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone confirmed the company removed the post for breaking its rules on COVID-19 misinformation. Twitter said Trump's tweet violated "Twitter Rules about spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19."

In his Tuesday post, Trump remarked about flu and coronavirus-related deaths. His post falsely equated COVID-19 to the seasonal flu.

Trump has, by his own admission, played down the threat of COVID-19.

Despite Trump contracting COVID-19, Trump said he does “get it.” That revelation comes seven months into the pandemic and after over 210,000 deaths in the U.S.

In August, Facebook and Twitter removed a post by Trump for containing false claims about COVID-19. The post contained a video of the president during a Fox News interview in which he falsely claimed that children are "almost immune" to the virus.