As the race for the US Presidential election is on the run, President Donald Trump is more than eager to get back on the campaign trail following an absence of more than a week, after his doctor declared him no longer at risk of coronavirus transmission.
In an interview on Sunday, Trump said he no longer has COVID-19 and declared that he was now “immune” from the virus, a claim that had raised a series of questions about the president’s health.
However, Trump’s tweet on Sunday claiming that he was immune to the coronavirus was flagged off by Twitter with a disclaimer, saying it violated the social media platform`s rules about misleading information related to COVID-19, adding that it had determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the tweet to remain accessible.
Although viewers can still see the US president’s tweet after going through a warning, commenting and sharing options have been disabled for the tweet.
“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,” Trump said in the tweet.
A Twitter spokeswoman said that the tweet made “misleading health claims” about COVID-19 and that engagements with the post would be “significantly limited,” as is standard in such cases. This action by Twitter is in line with its policy that it rolled out this May, in which it announced that it will begin labeling coronavirus-related tweets that contain potentially misleading information but that don’t clearly violate company misinformation policies.