Twitter on Wednesday reached peak election interference when they decided to ban the account of President’s Trump’s campaign over a tweet about the Coronavirus.
The left-wing tech company said the tweet violates their “rules against misinformation.”
In the removed video, which was retweeted by the president’s personal account, the president told Fox & Friends that schools should remain open.
“My view is that schools should be open,” Trump said. “If you look at children, children are almost — and I would almost say definitely — but almost immune from this disease.”
He added that children have “much stronger immune systems” and “just don’t have a problem.”
Twitter hid the post while removing the account’s ability to further tweet until it was deleted.
A Twitter spokesperson said the tweet is “in violation of the Twitter rules on COVID-19 misinformation” and that the Trump campaign will “be required to remove the Tweet before they can Tweet again.”
Trump campaign spokesperson Courtney Parella said that the President was simply “stating a fact that children are less susceptible to the coronavirus.”
Parella also pointed out that the Twitter spokesperson who flagged the campaign’s tweet was the former press secretary of Kamala Harris – a potential VP pick for Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
“Another day, another display of Silicon Valley’s flagrant bias against this President, where the rules are only enforced in one direction,” she added. “Social media companies are not the arbiters of truth.”
Facebook decided to join Twitter this time in the censorship of the president. While Facebook did not go as far as to suspend the account associated with the video, they still forcibly removed it for containing a belief they disagreed with.
“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 Liz Bourgeois said in a statement to Fox News.
According to Facebook, this is the first time the social media platform has taken down a post from the president regarding misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic. It was not immediately clear if all posts containing the video have been removed.
The move comes as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has faced increased scrutiny to crack down on “misinformation” since the 2016 election, with a long list of companies that have threatened to pull advertising on the platform.
A review of the latest available data by the Kasier Family Foundation found there is “evidence for an age gradient in infectiousness, with younger children less likely and older children more likely to transmit at levels similar to adults.”
The National Academies of Medicine reported that “compared with adults, children who contract COVID-19 are more likely to experience asymptomatic infection or mild upper respiratory symptoms”, and that over 90 percent of children testing positive will have no or mild symptoms.
Children under the age of 18 account for 7%, or more than 200,000, of reported COVID-19 cases, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They also account for 1% of coronavirus-related hospitalizations and less than 1% of coronavirus-related deaths.
The president’s claim that children are “almost immune” to COVID-19 is heavily supported by all of the data rendering this censorship nothing more than yet another political attack by the left-wingers that control big tech.
This is an increasingly dangerous issue as we rapidly approach what may be the most pivotal election in our lifetimes – and the left is doing everything they can to stymie the president’s chances.