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Facebook “blocks” Maduro’s account for one month for violating its disinformation policy


Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s Facebook account was blocked after the latter’s “repeated violations” of the American company’s policy on disinformation related to Covid-19. It remains open and visible but it will no longer be able to publish for a month.

Facebook announced on Saturday that it had “blocked” Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s account for 30 days after the latter’s “repeated violations” of the American company’s policy on disinformation linked to Covid-19. “Due to repeated violations of our regulations, we blocked the page for 30 days during which it will only be read mode,” a spokesperson said.

Maduro denounced in February the “censorship” operated by Facebook

Nicolas Maduro’s account remains open and visible but he will no longer be able to make any publications or comments for a month. “We have removed from Mr. Maduro’s page a video” in which the Socialist President praised the drug Carvativir, the effectiveness of which has not yet been demonstrated by medical studies, specifies Facebook. The platform had already warned the administrators of Nicolas Maduro’s account in the past that he had broken the rules.

In February, Nicolas Maduro had also criticized the social network, denouncing the “censorship” by Facebook of a video evoking Carvativir: “They (Facebook) say that as long as the WHO (World Health Organization) does not has not validated, I can not speak of Carvativir. Who runs Venezuela? Who runs the world? The owner of Facebook? “.

12 million deceptive content removed since the start of the pandemic

Facebook assures to attack “publications which contain misleading, false or unfounded assertions on the topic of health, and in particular those which assure that a product can offer a prevention or an immunity of 100% or can cure the virus”. The company’s automatic systems have removed more than 12 million misleading content about Covid-19 or vaccines since the start of the pandemic, according to Facebook.

Venezuela (33 million inhabitants) has so far recorded around 150,000 declared cases of Covid contamination and 1,500 deaths, according to official figures, disputed by the opposition. The authorities are now worried about the recent increase in the number of new cases and in particular the appearance of the Brazilian strain of the virus. Venezuela launched a vaccination campaign against Covid in February with the Russian Sputnik V and Chinese Sinopharm vaccines and must also receive 60,000 doses of Cuban vaccines. However, it was decided not to authorize the AstraZeneca vaccine due to possible side effects.



Source site www.europe1.fr

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