Social media companies take action on US President Donald Trump posts that suggested COVID-19 was like the flu.

Trump spent three days in hospital receiving treatment for COVID-19 [Win McNamee/Getty Images]

Facebook and Twitter have taken action against posts from US President Donald Trump on Tuesday for violating their rules against coronavirus misinformation by suggesting that COVID-19 was like the flu.

Facebook took the post down but not before it was shared about 26,000 times, data from the company’s metric tool CrowdTangle showed.

“We remove incorrect information about the severity of COVID-19,” a company spokesman told Reuters News Agency.

The world’s largest social media company, which exempts politicians from its third-party fact-checking programme, has rarely taken action against posts from the president.


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