Pete Evans: Facebook removes page of celebrity chef who repeatedly shared Covid misinformation
File image: Celebrity chef Pete Evans' Facebook page has been permanently removed because of repeated violations of the social media network's guidelines for disseminating misinformation related to Covid-19
On Thursday, Facebook finally removed the page of Australian celebrity chef Pete Evans to curb the spread of fake news about Covid-19.
Evans, who served as a prime-time judge on Australian cooking shows between 2010 and 2020, has been accused of repeatedly making unsubstantiated claims on his side about the coronavirus with 1.5 million followers in what has been termed a "hoax".
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The celebrity chef also urged people not to get tested or vaccinated against the novel virus that killed more than 1.7 million people worldwide.
"We don't allow anyone to pass on misinformation about Covid-19 that could lead to imminent physical harm or (about) Covid-19 vaccines that have been exposed by public health experts," Reuters news agency quoted Facebook Inc as saying.
"We have removed clear guidelines for this type of content and removed Chef Pete Evans' Facebook page for repeated violations of these guidelines."
The social media giant's action comes after it announced on Dec. 4 that it would step up efforts to clean up false claims about vaccines, including misinformation about the vaccine's safety, effectiveness, ingredients and side effects.
However, the social media giant didn't explain why Evans was able to continue its Instagram page with over 278,000 followers.
In response to Facebook's action, Evans wrote on Instagram that he was "very happy to be one of the catalysts for a conversation about such an important issue (like) free speech".
In an "apology" to Facebook, Evans also posted a satirical video on his Instagram page denouncing the platform for the ban, saying that he "unfortunately made a huge mistake in exercising freedom of speech and helping people save their lives to improve".
"I now know that both of these things are directly against your community guidelines," he said baselessly, baselessly calling the newly developed coronavirus vaccines a "needle full of an experimental cocktail of a DNA-altering substance".
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