Australian celebrity chef removed from Facebook for spreading COVID-19 misinformation

Facebook announced on Thursday that it had removed Australian celebrity chef Pete Evans’ page because it had shared misinformation about coronovirus on stage.

Facebook said in a statement according to Reuters, “We do not allow anyone to share inaccurate information about COVID-19 that could cause imminent physical harm or (almost) COVID-19 vaccines imposed by public health experts went.”

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

Facebook stated, according to Reuters, “We have clear policies against such content and we have removed Chef Pete Evans’ Facebook page for repeated violations of these policies.”

Evans has also encouraged his followers on Facebook not to get the virus tested. He announced to his Instagram followers last month that he would no longer post on Facebook, though he continued until his page was officially removed on Thursday.

Facebook, which owns Instagram, has not revealed why it allowed Ivan’s Instagram account to remain active, Reuters reported.

The social media giant announced earlier this month that it would begin removing misinformation about the coronovirus vaccine in an effort to advance misinformation on the platform.


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