Twitter says Trump campaign posts blocked over virus claim

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Aug 06 2020 09:30 AM | Updated as of Aug 06 2020 09:56 AM

SAN FRANCISCO, United States - Twitter on Wednesday said it temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's official campaign account due to a tweet containing misinformation about COVID-19.

At issue in the tweet fired off from the @TeamTrump account was a claim by Trump that children are "almost immune" to the deadly virus.

The tweet "is in violation of the Twitter rules on COVID-19 misinformation," a spokesperson for the San Francisco-based service told AFP.

"The account owner will be required to remove the Tweet before they can Tweet again."

A video of Trump making the claim during a Fox News interview was earlier removed from Facebook in the first action aimed at the president's page by the leading social network.