The Venezuelan government has accused Facebook of “digital totalitarianism” after it “froze” President Nicolas Maduro’s page on the world’s largest social network for 30 days for “violating policy in connection with the spread of misinformation about (coronavirus infection) Covid-19”, reports today, March 28, Reuters.
Mark Zuckerberg’s company charged the head of the Bolivarian Republic with distributing a video on the social network where Nicolas Maduro “promotes Carvativir, a Venezuelan medicine that he claims without proof can cure the disease.” In this regard, Facebook said that it followed the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO) that there is currently no medicine that could get rid of Covid-19, and therefore considered the messages on behalf of the Venezuelan president “spreading misinformation.”
In response, Venezuela’s Ministry of Information said earlier Sunday that Facebook was “pursuing content aimed at fighting the pandemic,” and described Carvativir as a drug of “national production and engineering.”
“We are witnessing digital totalitarianism carried out by supranational companies that want to impose their law on the countries of the world,” the department said.
Facebook declined to comment.
Karvativir uses thyme, a plant that has been used in traditional medicine for centuries.
In the South American country, according to the latest data, 155,663 cases of coronavirus infection and 1,555 deaths among patients diagnosed with Covid-19 have been registered. The Venezuelan opposition claims that the real spread of the disease is much higher due to the lack of an effective testing system.