The government of Venezuela accused Facebook of digital inclusiveness after it froze the page of President (Nicolas Maduro) for 30 days for violating policies that prohibit publishing false information about the Corona virus by promoting a treatment that it claims without evidence it can cure the disease.
Facebook said over the weekend: it also removed a video in which Maduro promotes Carvativir, a Venezuelan-made treatment that claims, without evidence, to cure the disease.
And Facebook added: In view of the repeated violations of our rules, we have frozen the page for 30 days, during which it will be read-only, and the page administrators have been notified of the policy violation, and the Maduro account will not be affected through the Instagram platform, which is owned by Facebook.
And the social media giant explained that it follows the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) that there is currently no drug that can treat the virus.
In a statement, Venezuela’s Ministry of Information said: Facebook was tracking content geared towards fighting the epidemic and described Carvativir as being of national production and engineering.
The ministry added: We are witnessing digital inclusiveness practiced by multinational companies that want to impose their laws on the countries of the world.
Venezuelan doctors have warned that the effect of carvativir on the Corona virus has not yet been proven, and the treatment is derived from thyme, a herb that has been used for centuries in traditional medicine.
Maduro, who has overseen the economic collapse since taking office in 2013 and is described by Washington and many other Western countries as a dictator, said in a tweet: He will broadcast his daily report on the Corona virus through the account of his wife, First Lady (Cilia Flores), on Facebook.
Maduro has said in the past that he and his allies have been unfairly treated by social media companies, including what he calls arbitrary suspension of accounts.
Maduro frequently uses social media, including Facebook and Twitter, and has occasionally broadcast speeches via Facebook Live.
The South American country has reported 155,663 new coronavirus cases and 1,555 deaths.
These numbers are lower than the levels of many regional peers, but the country’s political opposition says: The true number of cases is likely to be much higher due to a lack of testing.