Twitter disabled some sharing choices on a tweet from President Trump on Sunday, and labeled it for violating its guidelines in opposition to spreading coronavirus misinformation. Within the tweet, the president mentioned he had “A total and complete sign off from White House Doctors yesterday. That means I can’t get it (immune) and can’t give it. Very nice to know!!”
Even with the label, the tweet continues to be accessible for many who click on by the warning, in line with Twitter’s place that retaining tweets from elected officials seen is within the public curiosity. And makes an attempt to share the tweet convey up an alert that reads “We try to prevent a Tweet like this that otherwise breaks the Twitter Rules from reaching more people.” The labeled tweet continues to be in a position to be quote-tweeted, nevertheless.
The president’s assertion that he’s now “immune” since he already contracted the coronavirus is probably going what bought the tweet flagged, since there have been documented cases of coronavirus patients becoming reinfected. A person in Nevada had COVID-19 in March then recovered in April solely to fall in poor health once more in Could. The primary documented case of a coronavirus reinfection occurred in Hong Kong, the place the affected person confirmed no signs the second time round.
The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention web site has limited information about reinfections, however says “a person who has had and recovered from COVID-19 may have low levels of virus in their bodies for up to 3 months after diagnosis,” and that the science “does not imply a person is immune to reinfection” from the virus.
A Twitter spokesperson mentioned it was not the primary time the platform has disabled sharing on a tweet by the president containing incorrect data. Along with updating its policies final month that it could label or take away tweets with false details about election rigging and outcomes, Twitter additionally mentioned it could label posts from candidates prematurely declaring victory. And Twitter mentioned back in March that it was taking a “zero-tolerance approach” to coronavirus misinformation on its platform.
Final week’s updates further tightened the rules round spreading misinformation, and inspired folks to quote-tweet and “add their own commentary” to tweets earlier than retweeting somebody. The replace additionally included plans to flag or take away tweets meant to incite interference within the election or election outcomes, and tweets from political figures with greater than 100,000 followers — which incorporates President Trump — labeled as “misleading” at the moment are tougher to entry
The White Home didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark Sunday.