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Trump plays COVID-19, cracking Facebook and Twitter

(San Francisco) Facebook and Twitter on Tuesday sanctioned Donald Trump's comments assuring that the seasonal flu kills more people in some cases than COVID-19, now setting up a cat-and-mouse game less than routine. a month before the US presidential election.

Posted October 6, 2020 at 2:36 PM.

Agence France-Presse

“The seasonal flu is coming! The president exclaimed on his first wake-up call at the White House, after three days of hospitalization for the treatment of the disease that has already killed more than 200,000 people in the United States.

"Are we going to close our country? No, we have learned to live with it, just as we are learning to live with Covid, which is far less deadly for most people!", He added, ignoring the numbers Facebook has completely removed this post. to be the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2020.

Twitter, for its part, simply masked the tweet with a message explaining that it violated network rules regarding "misleading and potentially dangerous information regarding COVID-19"

It remains legible by clicking on it, as “Twitter has decided it may be in the public interest to keep the tweet accessible.”

The two networks have already had several goals in recent months. targeting the White House tenant or pinned ads of his campaign.

They can "tag" posts by adding, hiding or simply removing warnings or links to them.

They have intervened so far mainly on issues of disinformation when, according to their moderators, the president's messages threaten the health of the people or the democratic process. For example, Donald Trump made many comments that could discourage voters from voting by mail.

Facebook, which has long advocated greater tolerance for the votes of politicians and candidates in the name of the right of voters to make up their own minds, has finally tightened its rules despite outrage from US civil society.

For his part, the head of state accuses digital platforms of censorship and calls for a change in the law regulating their room for maneuver in terms of moderation of content.

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