Twitter mentioned Tuesday it had withdrawn a video retweeted by President Donald Trump during which medical doctors made allegedly false claims in regards to the coronavirus pandemic after Facebook took comparable motion.
“Tweets with the video are in violation of our COVID-19 misinformation coverage,” a Twitter spokesperson mentioned, declining to provide particulars on how many individuals had watched the video.
The video was additionally eliminated by Facebook on Monday night, mentioned an organization spokesperson, explaining that the footage shared “false information about cures and treatments for COVID-19.”
The video, which exhibits a bunch of medical doctors claiming masks and lockdowns weren’t required to halt the illness, had been watched by 14 million folks on Facebook earlier than it was eliminated, according to The Washington Post.
The medical doctors additionally backed using hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug that has not been proved efficient in opposition to COVID-19.
Shortly after it was faraway from Facebook, Trump tweeted a number of clips of the video to his 84 million followers.
The Post mentioned Trump additionally shared 14 tweets defending using hydroxychloroquine. The tweets have been later deleted.
Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr was briefly halted from tweeting Tuesday after he posted a clip of the video during which a physician mentioned hydroxychloroquine cured coronavirus.
“The Tweet requires deletion because it violates our rules (sharing misinformation on COVID-19), and the account will have limited functionality for 12 hours,” a Twitter spokesperson informed AFP.
Twitter has begun performing in opposition to tweets by President Trump that it says break their guidelines.
In June, the social media platform hid a tweet during which he threatened to make use of “serious force” in opposition to protestors in Washington, saying it broke guidelines over abusive content material.
The newest strikes escalated the battle between the White House and social media corporations which he has accused of bias in opposition to conservatives, regardless of his personal giant following.