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Facebook has removed a message in which US President Donald Trump claims that the corona virus is less deadly than a regular flu. The company confirms this on Tuesday CNN. Twitter is also intervening.

In the message, Trump warns of the impending flu season. He compares the flu with the corona virus, which he calls “a lot less deadly in most cases”.

A spokesperson for Facebook late CNN know that the message violated the rules on the platform. With the message, Trump has spread misinformation about the virus, according to Facebook.

Trump posted the same message on Twitter. It still stands there, although Twitter has put a label over it. It warned that the tweet “violates rules about the dissemination of misleading and potentially harmful information surrounding COVID-19”. Users can decide for themselves whether they want to see the tweet afterwards.

Facebook and Twitter also removed a message in August in which Trump spread misinformation about the corona virus. It was a video in which the president interviewed Fox News claimed that children are “virtually immune” to the virus.

Trump himself is currently infected with the corona virus. On Friday he was taken to hospital with a high fever and problems with oxygen levels in his blood. The American president has now returned to the White House. According to doctors, he has not fully recovered and can still spread the virus.



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