The social website Facebook has removed the Australian celebrity chef Pete Evans page on Thursday. According to the tech giant, the chef turned conspiracy theorist for spreading false information about the pandemic, Facebook’s latest move to policy false content about the Covid-19.
Evans has many cookbooks comprising hundreds of recipes. He was the former judge on prime-time Australian cooking shows. But now, he has become one among the conspicuous spreaders of groundless claims about Covid-19, calling it a “BS” and “hoax” to his Facebook followers.
He also requested people to avoid getting the covid-19 test that killed about 1.7 million people or not taking a vaccine, a measure specialists believe is a key to ending the pandemic. On November 20, Evans had announced on Instagram that he was leaving Facebook but continued posting there unless his page was removed.
“We don’t permit anyone to share wrong information about Covid-19 that could lead to the imminent body damage or (about) COVID-19 vaccines that have been discredited by public health specialists.”
Facebook further explained,
“We have firm policies against this type of content and we’ve deleted Chef Pete Evans’ Facebook Page for continual violations of these policies.”
However, Facebook did not say why it retained Evans’s Instagram page. On Thursday, Evans told his 278,000 Instagram followers that he was “so excited to be one of the agitators for discussion about such a major topic (as) freedom of speech”.
He also called vaccine a “scam” and “poison”, and discourage coronavirus tests by saying, “no testing… no cases”, on previous Instagram posts.
Besides these, the social giant already facing allegations of not taking action against mendacious content circulating through its platform. Facebook has started to removed conspicuous claims about vaccines from Instagram and Facebook early this month. The platform hosted some 3.8 billion views of misguiding health content in the year to August-deluging the amount of valid information, stated by Facebook’s supporters.
Facebook had removed four groups that spread texts, videos, and photographs with “deliberately false content intended to misguide about coronavirus vaccines”, the Israeli government said this week.