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Facebook Page Of Venezuela President Frozen Over Violation Of Covid-19 Misinformation

Facebook Page Of Venezuela President Frozen Over Violation Of Covid-19 Misinformation
The Facebook page of the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has been frozen by the social media company over charges of violation of its policies of spreading misinformation about Covid-19 as he promoted a remedy that he claimed was able to cure the disease but presented no evidence to back it up, said a spokesperson of the company.
Carvativir, an oral solution derived from thyme, was described in January by Maduro as a “miracle” medication that is able to neutralize the coronavirus and has no side effects. Doctors said that the claims made in that social media post was not backed by any form of scientific evidence.
A video where the medication was promoted by Mudaro was taken down by the social media platform since the video violated the platform’s policy against 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 Organization) that says there is currently no medication to cure the virus,” the spokesman told media. “Due to repeated violations of our rules, we are also freezing the page for 30 days, during which it will be read-only.”
In the video, Maduro had claimed that the so called medication Carvativir, which the president called “miracle drops” prepared by the 19th century Venezuelan doctor Jose Gregorio Hernandez who has been beatified by the Roman Catholic Church, could be used for preventing and as a therapy against Covid-19 causing coronavirus.
The Facebook spokesman said that the administrators of the page were notified of the policy violation.
This suspension will not affect the account of Mudaro on the photo-sharing social media platform Instagram, which is also owned by Facebook.
There were no comments on the issue by the president as well as Venezuela’s Information Ministry.
Maduro had complained last month that Facebook had “censored” videos in which he had shown Carvativir. In the past, Mudaro has said that social media companies had unfairly treated him and his allies including what he termed as arbitrary suspension of social media accounts.
Social media platforms are often made use of by Mudaro – including the platforms of Facebook and Twitter, and on previous occasions he has even broadcast speeches over Facebook Live as the president of the country. 
The latest official figures of Covid-19 infections in Venezuela show that there have been 154,905 cases of Covid-19 infections and 1,543 deaths so far in the country. However there have been allegations made by the opposition of the country that the government has supressed the figures and the actual figure is quote likely much higher because of limited testing for the disease.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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