Facebook And Twitter Sanction Trump Posts Comparing Covid-19 To Flu




Facebook and Twitter both flagged President Trump’s posts comparing coronavirus to the flu—the former removed it; the latter added a label—posted days after he was hospitalized for coronavirus and said he had “learned a lot” about the virus.

Key Facts

Trump wrote the U.S. does not shut down because of the flu, saying “we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid,” and claimed in some populations the flu is “far less lethal.”  

Trump falsely claimed the flu “sometimes” kills more than 100,000 people every year.

The flu typically kills far fewer Americans each year, including 22,000 U.S. deaths in the 2019-2020 flu season, 34,200 deaths in 2018-2019 and 61,000 deaths in 2017-2018, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.

Twitter added a label noting the tweet violated its rules about spreading “misleading and potentially harmful” information about Covid-19, though it is still publicly available.

Facebook removed Trump’s post for spreading misinformation about Covid-19.

Trump has frequently downplayed Covid-19 by comparing it to the flu, even as he privately told journalist Bob Woodward that Covid-19 was “more deadly than even your strenuous flu.”


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