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

Australian celebrity chef removed from Facebook for spreading COVID-19 misinformation
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Facebook announced on Thursday that it removed the page of Australian celebrity chef Pete Evans due to him sharing misinformation about the coronavirus on the platform.

“We don’t 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 statement, according to Reuters.

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

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

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

Facebook, which owns Instagram, has not said why it allowed Evan's Instagram account to remain active, Reuters reported.

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