The coronavirus crisis has had one of its most bitter enemies the founder of Tesla, Elon Musk, who has been in charge of discrediting the disease, saying that it is an exaggeration, that the panic is of fools and for a response in particular that led to the discomfort of the people and the authorities.
SpaceX's top boss tweeted at 5:55 p.m. ET from Thursday March 19, in response to a question from a user named “Hopeful Pope of Muskanity”:
Children are essentially immune, but the elderly with existing conditions are vulnerable. Family gatherings with close contact between children and grandparents are likely to be more risky, Musk wrote.
Kids are essentially immune, but elderly with existing conditions are vulnerable. Family gatherings with close contact between kids & grandparents probably most risky.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 19, 2020
That despite the fact that some studies indicate that there are the early evidence that they can become seriously ill and infected.
Twitter launched this week of March 16, a blog post where it talks about measures to deal with misinformation on its platform.
“Expanding our definition of harm to address content that runs directly counter to the guidance of authoritative sources of global and local public health information. Instead of reporting, we will apply this in close coordination with trusted partners, including public health authorities and governments, and we will continue to use and refer to information from those sources when reviewing content. Under this new guide, we will require individuals to remove tweets that include: “Denial of established scientific data about transmission during the incubation period or Transmission guidance from global and local health authorities, such as "COVID-19 does not infect children because we have not seen any cases of sick children."
Strictly speaking, the social network is very clear. So why not delete Elon Musk's tweet?
According to a statement they gave to The Verge site, posting doesn't break the rules.
“By reviewing the overall context and conclusion of the Tweet, it does not break our rules. We will continue consulting with reliable partners such as health authorities to identify the content that is more harmful, ”they put forward as an argument to close the discussion.