By Kanishka Singh and Bhargav Acharya
(Reuters) – Twitter on Sunday flagged a tweet by Donald Trump in which the U.S. President claimed he was immune to the coronavirus, saying it violated the social media platform’s rules about misleading information related to COVID-19.
“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.
The post was flagged by Twitter with a disclaimer.
“This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19,” Twitter’s disclaimer read, adding that it had determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the tweet to remain accessible.
Trump said on Sunday he had fully recovered from COVID-19 and would not be a transmission risk to others, freeing him to return to holding big campaign rallies during the final weeks of the race for the White House.
The president first announced that he had had a positive coronavirus test on Oct. 2. Trump’s physician said on Saturday the president had taken a test showing he was no longer infectious.
The scientific evidence is unclear on how long people who have recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies and are protected from a second infection.
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh and Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Rosalba O’Brien)