Facebook continues to hold politicians accountable for misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest victim of the social media giant’s approach was Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Facebook froze the Venezuelan president’s account for 30 days.
Maduro shared a long list on his Facebook account that cured a thyme-based drug called Carvativir COVID-19. During this period it is still possible to access the Maduro page. However, the Venezuelan president’s team is unable to post messages to the account.
In the video he shared on his Facebook account, Maduro referred to Carvatir as “miracle drops” and suggested that the drug could both prevent and treat COVID-19 without side effects. However, there is no information in this direction in the World Health Organization guide, which also takes Facebook as a source.
A statement from Facebook stated that Maduro had broken the rules several times. Nicolas Maduro had previously accused Facebook of censoring him for his Carvativir videos.
Freezing the Venezuelan president’s account is not a very “challenging” act for Facebook. Even the complete ban on Facebook in Venezuela may not have much of an impact on the company. However, this decision is important in terms of showing Facebook’s seriousness regarding COVID-19 and misinformation.