Facebook and Twitter censor Trump for stating facts about the coronavirus.
Social media giant Facebook censored U.S. president Donald Trump on Wednesday by deleting a video clip in which he said children were “virtually immune” to the coronavirus.
The video clip came from an interview with Fox & Friends earlier in the day, where Trump presented his case for re-opening schools.
“If you look at children, children are almost – and I would almost say definitely – but almost immune from this disease,” Trump said, adding “they have much stronger immune systems than we do somehow for this.”
The president cited New Jersey as an example, where the state reported only 1 fatality under the age of 18 out of thousands of overall cases, and that person suffered from diabetes.
Trump also made sure to clarify that he does not believe children are completely immune.
“I’ve watched some doctors say [children] are totally immune. I don’t know why, I hate to use the word ‘totally’ because the news will say ‘oh, he made the word totally and he shouldn’t have used that word,” Trump said.
“But the fact is that they are virtually immune from [coronavirus], and we have to open our schools,” he added.
Trump could not have made it his point any clearer. The key word in his vocabulary is “virtually.” Meaning: In essence or effect but not in fact.
Facebook, a company that is run by what appears to be mostly ultra-progressive Liberals, chose to interpret the President’s message differently.
According to a Facebook spokesperson, Trump’s post was removed because his video clip “includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19, which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation.”
Predictably, CNN also slandered the president over his comments. The fake news network’s slander of the president can be seen in this video.
For evidence supporting Trump’s claims, we can look at the numbers in the State of New York, which is the epicenter of COVID-19 cases in America.
According to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) website, there have been only 16 COVID-19 related fatalities for ages 0-19 out of 25,179 total cases.
If we do the math, that’s a near-zero percent (0.06% to be more precise). In other words, this proves that Trump is correct in saying that children are “virtually immune.”
Also worth pointing out, is the fact that of the 16 fatalities, 5 suffered from comorbidity, which according to the CDC, means more than one chronic disease or long-term condition was present in the same person at the same time.
Therefore, the chances of a healthy child dying from COVID-19 is even smaller at 0.04 percent.
Facebook was not alone in censoring Trump’s post. Twitter also censored Trump’s message after his campaign’s @TeamTrump account posted the video clip, citing a violation of its COVID-19 “misinformation” rules.
According to a Twitter spokesperson, the @TeamTrump account owner would be required to remove the tweet before being able to tweet again.
In response, Trump’s campaign team accused the companies of bias against the president. “Social media companies are not the arbiters of truth,” said spokesperson Courtney Parella, arguing that Trump had stated facts.
Trump’s opponents may argue that the (corrupt) World Health Organization’s analysis shows that out of six million infections between Feb. 24 and July 12, about 4.6 percent were children aged 5 to 14 years. But keep in mind that those are cases, not deaths.
Nonetheless, it is a useless argument since Trump never said all children were immune, but rather “virtually” immune, given their less than 0.0 percent chance of dying from it.
Ironically, Elon Musk’s tweet from March, where the Tesla CEO stated that “kids are essentially immune” from the virus, was left untouched by Twitter.
Kids are essentially immune, but elderly with existing conditions are vulnerable. Family gatherings with close contact between kids & grandparents probably most risky.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 19, 2020