On Tuesday, Twitter and Facebook flagged a tweet from Donald Trump that stated that COVID-19 is no more dangerous than the common flu as “misleading and potentially harmful.” The president has been previously flagged on social media for spreading misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic and the elections.

Trump, who tested positive for the coronavirus last week, wrote, “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!!!”

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Soon after, Facebook removed the post, while Twitter tagged it as a violation of its rules, stating, “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.”

On Monday, Trump left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center even though he is still ill with COVID-19 and his medical team has stated he is “not out of the woods yet.” After he arrived at the White House, he took off his mask and saluted military personnel before entering the residence. He then released a video in which he told people not to fear the virus, which has killed more than 210,000 Americans so far.

The president has been criticized on social media and in the press for downplaying the seriousness of the virus. On CNN, Chris Cuomo, who has battled COVID-19, said, “The virus doesn’t care about left and right. The virus does what’s reasonable. You give me a chance, I will spread. You keep away from me, you don’t give me a chance. I run out of hosts. I die. I’m the truth. If you are doing the right thing, you don’t see me that much. If you are doing the wrong thing, you do. The White House is literally what we fear the most, a rash of contagion called a cluster.”

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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