Twitter’s warning label says the tweet “violated the Twitter Rules about spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to Covid-19.”
“We placed a public interest notice on [President Trump’s] Tweet for violating our Covid-19 Misleading Information Policy by making misleading health claims about Covid-19,” a Twitter spokesperson said. “As is standard with this public interest notice, engagements with the Tweet will be significantly limited.”
Trump posted the same message on his Facebook account, but the platform hasn’t added a warning label despite the fact that it violates its rules. The post has been up for four hours and shared more than 24,000 times on Facebook.
CNN Business has reached out to Facebook for comment.
Jason Shepherd, a scientist whose research is funded by Mark Zuckerberg’s philanthropic organization, told CNN Sunday that Facebook should “absolutely” take action on Trump’s post where he falsely claimed he was immune from the virus.
“Facebook simply needs to do better with misinformation. Especially Covid related where it can literally be life or death. They’re too slow and I haven’t seen any real change in policy since we sent our letter of concern to Mark [Zuckerberg],” said Shepherd, who works as an associate professor of neurobiology and biochemistry at the University of Utah.
On Tuesday, Facebook removed a post from the President’s account after he falsely claimed the flu is more lethal than Covid-19.
Twitter is trying to persuade the public that it’s ready for the election by rolling out new policies to rein in disinformation. The company announced Thursday that it’s expanding its policies to fight voting-related misinformation. The new rules will likely force the platform to more aggressively fact-check President Donald Trump during the final months of the 2020 campaign.
–CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan contributed to this report.