Facebook says it froze the Venezuelan president’s page for 30 days because he violated COVID-19 disinformation rules.
The Venezuelan government has slammed Facebook after the social media giant put a “freeze” on President Nicolas Maduro’s page because of COVID-19 disinformation.
In a statement released on Sunday, the country’s information ministry accused Facebook of attacking “content intended to fight the pandemic”.
A day earlier, Facebook confirmed that he had frozen Maduro’s page for 30 days after violating the platform’s policies regarding the spread of COVID-19 disinformation.
Without any medical evidence, Maduro touted Carvativir, an oral solution derived from thyme, as a “miracle” substance that he says can fight the new coronavirus.
“We are witnessing a digital totalitarianism exerted by supranational companies which want to impose their law on the countries of the world”, declared the ministry.
He described Carvativir as a “nationally produced and engineered” retroviral.
Facebook did not comment on the ministry’s statement.
On Saturday, a Facebook spokesperson told Reuters news agency he was following guidelines from the World Health Organization, which “says there is currently no medicine to cure the virus.” .
“Due to repeated violations of our rules, we are also freezing the page for 30 days, during which time it will be read-only,” the spokesperson said.
A company spokesperson also told AFP news agency that a video had been removed from Maduro’s page “for violating our policies against disinformation about COVID-19 which is likely to put people off. people in danger ”.
Venezuela has reported at least 155,600 cases of COVID-19 and more than 1,500 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The country has seen a recent outbreak in infections, however, which is testing its already strained healthcare network.
Despite the increase in infections, the government said This month, she would not accept AstraZeneca vaccines delivered through WHO’s COVAX program for low-income countries, citing fears of possible side effects.
Venezuela has so far approved the use of Chinese and Russian vaccines.