Facebook temporarily froze the page of the questioned president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, on the social network after what it called "repeated violations" of the disinformation policies related to the coronavirus, a company spokesman said this Saturday to CNN.
The spokesman said: We have removed a video posted on the page of President Nicolas Maduro for violating our policies regarding misinformation about COVID-19,which could endanger the people.
He added: Due to repeated violations of our rules, we suspend the page for 30 days, during which time it will be in read-only mode.
Although the spokesperson did not identify the subject of the video that was removed, the Reuters agency, which first published the news, explained that the audiovisual was related to the so-called Carvativir, the alleged miracle drug presented at the beginning of the year by Maduro and experts have questioned that for lacking scientific foundation.
We follow the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, according to which there is currently no medication that prevents or cures the virus," explained the Facebook spokesperson.
This Sunday, the Ministry of Popular Power for Communication and Information of the Maduro government reported that "categorically rejects a new arbitrariness by the company in charge of the social network Facebook," adding that the blockade threatens the articles of the Venezuelan Constitution that frame freedom of expression in Venezuela.
Facebook's sanction is confirmed the same day that a call was made between the vice president of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, and the director-general of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Last January, Maduro said in a televised statement on the state channel VTV, without presenting evidence, that Carvativir "neutralizes 100% of the coronavirus."
CNN has contacted the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for their comments on the alleged drug; however, so far, no response has been received.
After Maduro's announcement in January, María Eugenia Landaeta, head of Infectious Diseases at the Hospital Universitario de Caracas, said about Carvativir that the plant extracts "and things that they are promoting do not really have any scientific validity." He affirms that until there is a study with a suitable methodology and that shows that this works, those "miraculous and magical cures are not going to work.