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- Donald Trump didn’t tweet this.
Twitter hid the tweet so that viewers must click "view" to read it. A warning is now also attached: "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."
The first shows what looks like a tweet from the president at 3:23 p.m. on Oct. 5. "My blood IS the vaccine!!!!!"
The second image shows a screenshot of four tweets from Trump and what was a fifth tweet that has been removed. The message says: "This Tweet is no longer available because it violated the Twitter Rules."
This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
We reached out to Twitter about the post but did not immediately hear back.
Here’s what we know. Trump didn’t tweet that his blood is a vaccine.
The screenshot of Trump’s Twitter feed that shows a message saying a tweet was removed stemmed from a separate tweet from the commander in chief: one posted at 5:54 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time Oct. 5 that included the email address of a New York post reporter, according to the website Trump Twitter Archive.
He tweeted the same message again at 7:56 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, only this time he swapped out the reporter’s email for her Twitter handle and @NYPost.
As the Twitter account @hoaxeye noted, Trump never tweeted "my blood is the vaccine," according Trump Twitter Archive. The archive shows other tweets that Twitter has flagged — like the one claiming COVID-19 can be less lethal than the flu — but nothing about his blood being a vaccine.
We also searched an archive of Trump’s deleted tweets for the word "vaccine" on Facba.se but found none.
Searching more broadly online, we also found no news coverage about Trump claiming his blood was a vaccine, or articles about Twitter removing such a tweet. It’s unbelievable that Twitter deleting the tweet that appears in the Facebook post wouldn’t draw wide media attention. News outlets around the world have reported on past instances of the social media platform hiding tweets by the president.
We rate this Facebook post Pants on Fire.
Facebook post, Oct. 8, 2020
Donald Trump tweet, Oct. 6, 2020
HoaxEye tweet, Oct. 9, 2020
PolitiFact, Donald Trump’s false claim that COVID-19 is less deadly than the flu, Oct. 6, 2020
Factba.se, Donald Trump - deleted tweets, visited Oct. 9, 2020
Trump Twitter Archive, visited Oct. 9, 2020
BBC, Twitter hides Trump tweet for ‘glorifying violence,’ May 29, 2020
CBS News, Twitter removes tweet shared by Trump with false coronavirus statistics, Aug. 31, 2020
The Washington Post, Facebook, Twitter, penalize Trump for posts containing coronavirus misinformation, Aug. 7, 2020
NBC News, Twitter removes tweet highlighted by Trump falsely claiming COVID-19 ‘cure,’ July 28, 2020
Al Jazeera, Facebook removes Trump COVID-19 post, Twitter hides similar tweet, Oct. 6, 2020
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