Celebrity Australian chef removed from Facebook for spreading COVID-19 disinformation

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Facebook announced on Thursday that it had removed celebrity Australian chef Pete Evans’s page because he was sharing false information about the coronavirus on the platform.
“We do not allow anyone to share misinformation about COVID-19 that could lead to imminent physical harm or (about) COVID-19 vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts,” Facebook said in a report. release, according to Reuters.

Evans, who has been accused of being a conspiracy theorist, has regularly shared unproven allegations on his Facebook page calling the coronavirus pandemic a “hoax” and “BS.” The former judge of the Australian cooking show “My Kitchen Rules” has attracted nearly a million followers on his Facebook account, Reuters reported.

“We have clear policies against this type of content and we have removed Chief Pete Evans’ Facebook page for repeated violations of these policies,” Facebook said, according to Reuters.

Evans also encouraged his Facebook followers not to get tested for the virus. He told his Instagram followers last month that he would no longer post to Facebook, but he continued until his page was officially deleted on Thursday.

Facebook, which owns Instagram, has not explained why it allows Evan’s Instagram account to remain active, Reuters reported.

The social media giant announced earlier this month that it will start removing misinformation about the coronavirus vaccine in an attempt to further manage misinformation on the platform.



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