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Twitter obscures Trump tweet claiming he's immune to coronavirus

The tweet was hidden for spreading misinformation about the disease.

Donald Trump removing face mask
President Trump removes his mask before speaking from the south portico of the White House during a rally Saturday.
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A tweet sent by President Donald Trump claiming he's immune to the novel coronavirus was obscured by Twitter on Sunday. Twitter hid the post behind a warning message that says it violated the site's rules "about spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19." 

Twitter has rules against coronavirus misinformation that could lead to harm, such as claiming a certain group is immune or promoting drinking bleach as a cure, which can be deadly. Twitter said the tweet was in the public's interest, so it'll remain accessible but engagements will be limited. This is the third time the social network has taken action against the president's tweets in less than a week. 

"As is standard with this public interest notice, engagements with the Tweet will be significantly limited," a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement.

The action comes just days after Facebook and Twitter both took action against a Trump post that falsely suggested the seasonal flu is more deadly than COVID-19. Twitter also required Trump to pull down a tweet that contained the email address of a columnist for violating its rules against posting private information.

The social media posts about the coronavirus come after the president was diagnosed with COVID-19. The president returned to the White House on Monday from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. His doctors have said his health is improving as he responds to treatment for COVID-19. 

More than 1 million people around the world have died as a result of the novel coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, with more than 214,000 deaths in the US as of Sunday.

The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.