March 20 (UPI) — Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted Thursday that children are “basically immune” to the new coronavirus, according tomedia reports. Although the tweet contradicts and is misleading from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Twitter says it has not violated the latest rules.
Musk tweeted: “Children are basically immune to the new coronavirus, but older people with the disease are vulnerable to infection, so family gatherings between children and grandparents can be at higher risk.” Previously, the CDC noted that children are not at high risk of contracting the new coronavirus, but some children and infants have been infected. There is much more to be said about how the virus affects children.
Twitter announced earlier this week that it would join forces with Facebook and other sites to crack down on misinformation about the new coronavirus, including a ban on users from posting misinformation about children and new coronaviruses.
But a Twitter spokesman declined to explain the company’s decision, saying only: “After reviewing the overall context and conclusions of this tweet, it did not violate our rules.” We will continue to consult with trusted partners, such as health agencies, to determine what has the greatest negative impact. Musk is one of Twitter’s most popular users, with more than 32 million followers.