Social media platforms Facebook and Twitter took action against U.S. President Donald Trump's accounts on Tuesday after he posted that the novel coronavirus, which has killed some 210,000 Americans, is less lethal than the flu.
Trump tweeted Tuesday, "Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!"
Twitter hid the tweet and added a label saying, "This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible."
Facebook deleted a similar post from Trump's account on its platform, where Trump and his followers regularly create the top performing content.
Meanwhile, the White House said Tuesday it will take more precautions to protect staff around Trump following his positive test for COVID-19 last week, White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah told Fox News.
"We always take precautions at events we host, and I certainly think in light of the President's positive test and the First Lady, we're going to take even more for the time being to protect essential staff around him," Farah said.
Asked by reporters if Trump would speak on Tuesday, Farah said they would hear from him in some form, though she declined to answer when asked if he planned a televised address.