Facebook has frozen Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s web page for violating insurance policies in opposition to spreading misinformation about COVID-19 by selling a treatment he claims, with out proof, can treatment the illness, an organization spokesman mentioned on Saturday.
Maduro in January described Carvativir, an oral answer derived from thyme, as a “miracle” treatment that neutralizes the coronavirus with no unwanted effects, a declare medical doctors say shouldn’t be backed by science.
Facebook has taken down a video by which Maduro promotes the treatment as a result of it violates a coverage in opposition to false claims “that something can guarantee prevention from getting COVID-19 or can guarantee recovery from COVID-19.”
“We follow guidance from the WHO (World Health Organisation) that says there is currently no medication to cure the virus,” the spokesman instructed Reuters. “Due to repeated violations of our rules, we are also freezing the page for 30 days, during which it will be read-only.”
Maduro within the video says Carvativir, which he calls “miracle drops” of 19th century Venezuelan physician Jose Gregorio Hernandez who has been beatified by the Roman Catholic Church, can be utilized preventively and therapeutically in opposition to the coronavirus.
The directors of the web page had been notified of the coverage violation, the Facebook spokesman mentioned.
Maduro’s account on photo-sharing social media platform Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, is not going to be affected.
Venezuela’s Information Ministry didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Maduro in February mentioned Facebook “censored” movies by which he confirmed Carvativir. He has up to now mentioned he and his allies have been handled unfairly by social media firms, together with what he calls arbitrary suspension of accounts.
Maduro often makes use of social media together with each Facebook and Twitter, and has at instances broadcast speeches over Facebook Live.
Venezuela’s official figures as of Friday confirmed 154,905 instances of coronavirus and 1,543 deaths, although opposition critics say the precise determine is probably going greater on account of restricted testing.
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