Despite the company saying it will remove the content by questioning the severity of the virus or offering unsupported health advice, Twitter says Elon Musk did not violate its rules when he tweeted that children are “essentially immune.”
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This story originally appeared on PCMag
Twitter had said it would remove content that questions the severity of the coronavirus or tweets that offer health advice without citing scientific evidence. That is, except when it comes to Elon Musk who stated through the social network that COVID-19 does not infect children.
On March 19, Musk tweeted misinformation about the coronavirus. In a post that he has around 4,800 likes at the time of writing, Musk said, “Children are essentially immune [to the coronavirus], but the elderly with existing conditions are vulnerable. Family reunions with close contact between children and grandparents they're probably more risky. ”
As Business Insider points out, children are not immune to the virus and can still become infected, even if they have a comparatively lower risk than adults and older people. However, in a statement to the same outlet, Twitter argued that Musk's tweets “did not violate his rules by analyzing the overall context and conclusion” and that “they would continue to consult their fact-checking partners to identify the misinformation that was more damaging. ”
This is not the first time that Musk has downplayed the severity of the virus. In a previous tweet, the Tesla CEO told his 32.5 million followers that the panic over the virus was “silly,” a statement that received approximately 350K retweets and nearly two million likes.