Arizona State University has filed a lawsuit against Facebook calling for the closure of an Instagram account promoting “coronavirus parties” that are supposed to take place on campus.
Facebook eventually removed the account from Instagram, along with other accounts that had been posting similar invitations in recent weeks.
The lawsuit, brought by attorneys from the Arizona State University Board of Governors, alleges that the “asu_covid.parties” account violates the university’s trademarks in addition to violating Instagram’s rules.
Arizona State University said it believes the account is also located in Russia, and that its owners may be trying to “sow confusion” as the coronavirus pandemic worsens.
The account began posting to Instagram, owned by Facebook, on July 19, and is currently followed by more than 900 other accounts.
This comes despite the assertion of the companies managing social media sites, especially Facebook, Instagram and Twitter that they are facing misinformation about the Corona epidemic, and the promoters of the conspiracy theory about the pandemic.
On July 30, the “Instagram” application disrupted access to a post by singer Madonna, claiming that she was promoting false information about the emerging corona virus, due to a video she posted on her official account on the site.
In the post, which Madonna shared with her subscribers, who number more than 15 million, Madonna confirmed, “An effective vaccine has been available for months, but it has been kept secret so that the rich become richer, the poor and the sick more sick.”
The “Instagram” application disrupted access to a post by the singer Madonna, claiming that she was promoting false information about the emerging corona virus due to a video she posted on her official account on the site.
I also attached the post to a video of the American doctor, Stella Emmanuel, who is promoting hydroxychloroquine as a magic treatment for the emerging corona virus.
It has not been scientifically proven that hydroxychloroquine, which is an anti-malaria treatment, is effective in combating Covid-19 disease.
Emmanuel in the recording also criticized masks and isolation measures.
A spokeswoman for “Facebook”, which owns “Instagram”, told AFP at the time, “We have withdrawn this video because it is making false statements about treatments and means of preventing Covid-19.”