Facebook has frozen the page of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, after spreading misinformation about COVID-19, a company spokesperson said.
Maduro has previously insisted that the Carvativir, an oral solution derived from thyme, is a “miracle” that can be used to combat the virus, without enough medical evidence.
A Facebook spokesperson told the AFP that a video from Maduro’s page had been turned down “for violating our policies against misinformation about COVID-19 that is likely to put people at risk for harm.”
“We follow guidance from the WHO (World Health Organization) that says there is currently no medication to cure the virus,” a spokesperson for Facebook told Reuters.
Maduro’s page will be frozen for 30 days due to “repeated violations of the rules,” the company spokesperson added.
In February 2021, Facebook announced that it will strengthen its effort in removing false claims regarding COVID-19 and vaccines on FB and Instagram.
Since December 2020 they have been removing false claims about COVID-19 vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts.
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