Facebook, Twitter censor president on true COVID statement
Facebook and Twitter both censored posts that President Donald Trump shared of an interview he gave saying that children “are almost immune” from catching COVID-19.
“This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from Covid-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation,” Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone said in a statement Wednesday evening.
Stone previously worked for the Democrat’s House Majority PAC, the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee, Sen. Barbara Boxer and Democrat Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA).
Judicial Watch, a conservative legal watchdog, has accused Facebook censors of having ties to big money and Democrat donors, like George Soros.
A Trump spokesman says that Trump was merely stating the fact that children are not as susceptible to COVID-19 as adults are, especially children under 10, and blasted Big Tech for playing politics as extensions of the Democrat party.
“The President was stating a fact that children are less susceptible to the coronavirus. Another day, another display of Silicon Valley’s flagrant bias against this President, where the rules are only enforced in one direction,” Courtney Parella, deputy national press secretary for Trump’s reelection campaign, said in a statement. “Social media companies are not the arbiters of truth.”
Data shows that COVID antibodies are more prevalent in older people; that when kids do have COVID it requires hospitalization at a lower rate and that kids rarely die from COVID.
A study of COVID literature published by the Lancet on August 1 seems to indicate that COVID antibodies in children under 10 years of age are rare.
“Published last week in the journal the Lancet,” says Statnews, “the study found very little evidence of prior Covid-19 infection among children ages 5 to 9 years (the youngest included). But children ages 10 to 19 were as likely to have antibodies to the infection as adults ages 20 to 49.”
The reasons for the discrepancy by age is unclear.
Data by the Centers for Disease Control says that over the last four weeks, over 2,800 people under the age of 24 died of all causes in the U.S. with just 42 of those deaths attributed to COVID. Total COVID deaths for the period were over 14,000 with those under 24 years of age accounting for 0.3 percent of all COVID deaths.
Trump made his comments to Fox News in relation to the upcoming school year. Trump has been pushing for the reopening of schools, while Democrat allies in the teachers’ union have been pushing to keep the schools closed while districts continue to pay teachers.
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