8.3 C
New York
Sunday, July 5, 2020
Home coronavirus Facebook deletes Brazil president’s coronavirus misinfo post

Facebook deletes Brazil president’s coronavirus misinfo post

coronavirus misinfo post : Facebook has diverted from its policy of not fact-checking politicians in order to prevent the spread of potentially harmful coronavirus misinformation from Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Facebook made the decisive choice to remove a video shared by Bolsonaro on Sunday where he claimed that “hydroxychloroquine is working in all places.” That’s despite the drug still undergoing testing to determine its effectiveness for treating COVID-19, which researchers and health authorities have not confirmed.

“We remove content on Facebook and Instagram that violates our Community Standards, which do not allow misinformation that could lead to physical harm” a Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch. Facebook specifically prohibits false claims regarding cure, treatments, the availability of essential services and the location or intensity of contagion outbreaks.

Last week, though, Facebook laid out that COVID-19 misinformation “that could contribute to imminent physical harm” would be directly and immediately removed as it’s done about other outbreaks since 2018, while less urgent conspiracy theories that don’t lead straight to physical harm are sent to fact checkers that can then have the Facebook reach of those posts demoted.

Now the question is whether Facebook would be willing to apply this enforcement to Trump, who’s been criticized for spreading misinformation about the severity of the outbreak, potential treatments and the risk of sending people back to work. Facebook is known to fear backlash from conservative politicians and citizens who’ve developed a false narrative that it discriminates against or censors their posts.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Maryland police department gets backlash for Facebook post

Maryland police department received national exposure and some backlash this week with a post warning residents to wear pants when checking the mailbox.

People Question All The ‘Bad’ Things It’s Okay To Do In Isolation

Isolation : With countries around the world in various stages of lockdown right now, millions of us are adapting to life at...

Bus driver who ranted about coughing passenger dies from Covid-19

Covidiot, 32, is jailed for three months after he wandered around his local hospital to witness impact of coronavirus pandemic then...

Facebook deletes Brazil president’s coronavirus misinfo post

coronavirus misinfo post : Facebook has diverted from its policy of not fact-checking politicians in order to prevent the spread of...

Recent Comments