Facebook Removed A Video That Praises Malaysia’s Handling of COVID-19 Because It’s Apparently Fake News

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(source: The Star)

According to The Star, YouTuber Dustin Pfundheller, who is behind the channel Other Side of The Truth, posted a video he made titled ‘How Malaysia Did The Impossible’ on Facebook recently, and the social media giant took it down for promoting misleading claims pertaining to Malaysia’s success in curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

The 5-minute clip praised Malaysia’s swift and effective methods to stop the pandemic. It listed how both the Malaysian Government and its people worked in tandem to combat COVID-19 and safeguard the people’s welfare. Facebook, however, seems to think the video promotes “false, misleading and deceptive claims”.

You can watch the video here and be the judge of that yourself:

While the video by Dustin got nearly 800k views on Youtube, he also uploaded it on his Facebook page and had amassed over 3.2 million views on the site. The social media platform is now blocking the video’s organic reach and ads on the page without any further explanation as to why it was deemed as “fake news”.

Recently, the frustrated content creator published a 4-minute video questioning Facebook’s intentions and explained why it was uncalled for.

“Not only did I use accurate facts and source many of the areas where I got the information, I also had 30 YouTubers do fact checks on it and review the video – and the only thing I found out from their reviews was that there were (more) things I should have included that Malaysia had done – like giving free Internet.

“This is frustrating because a country like Malaysia often gets ignored. When you look at countries that did amazing (in) fighting COVID-19, it’s all about Western countries or maybe Taiwan, but a country like Malaysia is completely off the map,” he said in the video.

He stated that there was no way he could clarify the matter with Facebook and pointed out that the social media platform may be biased against certain content.

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