Facebook freezes Maduro’s page at Covid’s claim

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Nicolas Maduro holds his unproven herbal remedy “cure”

Facebook frozen his page after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro claimed without evidence that herbal remedies could treat Covid-19.

He claimed in January that a thyme herb solution could cure the disease. He will not be able to post for 30 days.

The company said leaders repeatedly violated the coronavirus disinformation policy.

Maduro is not the only global leader in the face of backlash from social media companies over Covid.

Former US President Donald Trump and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro are also facing proceedings over Covid’s post.

A Facebook spokesperson told the BBC: “Deleted a video posted on President Nicolas Maduro’s page for violating a policy against false information about Covid-19 that could put people at risk of harm.

“We follow the guidance from WHO [World Health Organization] That is, there are currently no drugs to cure the virus. Repeatedly violating the rules freezes the page for 30 days, during which time it becomes read-only. “

Last year Facebook Removed video from Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Beyond the claim that the drug hydroxychloroquine was completely effective in treating the virus.

Previously, Maduro’s Twitter post about another fake remedy was also removed.

In October, Facebook deleted the post. Donald Trump argued that Covid-19 was “less deadly” than the flu..

It removed in August another one, including his video, where children falsely claim to be “most immune from Covid-19.”

Disinformation on Covid-19 on social media is a widespread issue.

According to an analysis by the UK-based Digital Hatred Center (CCDH), 12 people are responsible for spreading thousands of vaccine hesitarian posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Among them is Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the nephew of the former US President who leads the vaccine repellent group.

President Andry Rajoelina of Madagascar Last year, it promoted an unproven herbal formula called Covid-Organics, urging WHO to say that traditional treatments require scientific evidence to support their use.

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