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World leaders' posts on social media deleted over fake news.

Posts on social media posted by world leaders' were deleted for spreading misinformation regarding COVID-19.

Posts on social media posted by world leaders' were deleted for spreading misinformation regarding COVID-19.Big technology firms such as Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Reddit, YouTube, and Twitter have commited to fight any misinformation and fraud linked to the coronavirus outbreak. Platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram deleted posts by the Presidents of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, by the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro and, by the former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for violating its ban on novel coronavirus-related content.

Facebook deleted a video where Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro claimed that hydroxychloroquine was effective in treating the COVID-19 and he encouraged Brazilians to ignore medical advice on social distancing. President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro's tweet which endorsed a 'brew' that would eliminate the infectious germs of the novel coronavirus was removed from Twitter, and Rudy Giuliani's tweet suggesting that hydroxychloroquine had a 100% effective rate for treating the COVID-19 was also removed.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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