Venezuela calls President Maduro’s ban on Facebook ‘digital totalitarianism’ | NOW



The Venezuelan government has accused Facebook of “digital totalitarianism” for blocking President Nicolás Maduro’s page for 30 days. That happened because, according to the platform, Maduro had spread disinformation about the corona virus.

Maduro claimed in a video that the drug Carvativir can fight the corona virus, without providing evidence. That’s against Facebook’s rules. The images have since been removed.

The Venezuelan Ministry of Information said in a statement on Sunday that Facebook “went after a message aimed at fighting the pandemic.” “Here we are witnessing digital totalitarianism practiced by international companies seeking to impose their laws on countries.”

Facebook has not responded to the statement. Earlier, the company said that Maduro’s video violates the terms of use. “We follow the guidelines of the health organization WHO, which says there is no medication to cure COVID-19,” said a spokesman. “We are blocking Maduro’s page for thirty days due to repeated violations of our rules.”

Several Venezuelan doctors have warned that the effect of Carvativir mentioned by Maduro has not been proven.

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