A Billionaire Politician – Not Trump, Another One – Is Running Facebook Ads For Chloroquine
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Despite the lack of evidence supporting the use of chloroquine, Palmer’s pledge has been widely covered — often uncritically — in Australia’s mainstream media.
In one interview on Australian television breakfast show Sunrise, the host asked Palmer — who is a mining magnate — how confident he was about the drug treating COVID-19. He was very confident.
Palmer then used footage of that interview in a Facebook advertising campaign promoting the use of the drug.
BuzzFeed News has contacted Facebook to ask if this post violates the company’s policies about coronavirus misinformation, including banning posts about false cures.
Palmer has also advertised his pledge in The Australian, the national broadsheet paper owned by News Corporation.