Social media giants Facebook and Twitter have blocked a post from President Donald Trump on Tuesday falsely claiming COVID-19 is less deadly than the flu. Facebook has removed the post, while Twitter has added a message saying it broke the rules on “spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19.”
“We remove incorrect information about the severity of COVID-19,” a Facebook spokesperson told Reuters.
Trump, who is currently recovering from the virus, posted the controversial tweet early in the day.
“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!!!” Trump tweeted.
According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control, 22,000 deaths were linked to the