COVID-19 Misinformation: Venezuelan President’s Facebook account frozen
March 29, 2021
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by Snigdh Baunthiyal

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s Facebook page has been frozen for thirty days for violating the social media website’s policies against spreading misinformation about Covid-19. Maduro has been promoting a remedy for the virus without any proof. He claims that Carvativir, which is an oral solution derived from thyme can cure the disease.

The claim has no scientific evidence, and the WHO says the virus currently has no cure.

The Venezuelan president’s page was frozen after he posted a video promoting the medication. 
A spokesman from Facebook told Reuters, ‘We follow guidance from the WHO (World Health Organization) that says there is currently no medication to cure the virus. Due to repeated violations of our rules, we are also freezing the page for 30 days, during which it will be read-only.’

Venezuela’s Information Ministry has accused Facebook of going after ‘content geared toward combatting the pandemic’

“We are witnessing a digital totalitarianism exercised by supranational companies who want to impose their law on the countries of the world,” the ministry said.

There has been a steady increase in the number of infections in Venezuela, but the govt has not approved the use of AstraZeneca vaccines citing fear of side effects. Venezuela was to receive the vaccines through WHO’s COVAX scheme for low-income countries. The country has approved the use of Russian and Chinese vaccines.

According to Johns Hopkins University data, the country has reported at least 155,600 cases of COVID-19 and more than 1,500 deaths since the pandemic began.

According to the government’s critics, actual figure is likely higher due to limited testing.

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