A post by US President Donald Trump comparing the coronavirus to seasonal flu has been deleted by Facebook and hidden by Twitter.
Trump said he never felt happier since being released from the hospital after a promising Covid-19 diagnosis, and urged Americans not to let the virus dominate their lives.
To warn his countrymen and women about the seasonal flu as the US edges to winter, the Commander in Chief has taken to social media.
Writing on Twitter, Trump said: "Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!"
Facebook's policy communications manager Andy Stone told the BBC: "We remove incorrect information about the severity of Covid-19, and have now removed this post."
Twitter added: "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."
Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2020
The President's tweet was flagged and removed because the seriousness of the coronavirus appeared to be downplayed, as Trump has done since the pandemic.
With coronavirus outbreaks and casualties, America continues to rule the world. 7.55 million cases, respectively, and 213,000 deaths.
Comparatively, during the 2019-20 season, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said about 22,000 Americans died from the flu.
The President's doctor said that after he was released from the Walter Reed Medical Center, he has no further coronavirus symptoms.
Dr Sean Conley said in a statement: "He had a restful first night at home, and today he reports no symptoms. Vital signs and physical exam remain stable."
For many Americans who have lost loved ones since the pandemic, Trump's comment on not letting the epidemic control your lives has created emotional dissatisfaction.
In the past, Facebook deleted a post from Trump where he claimed kids were effectively 'immune' from getting Covid-19.