The video is part of a barrage of bogus and harmful medical posts on social media platforms where Filipinos rank among the world's heaviest users. The majority appear as free posts or paid advertisements on Facebook, the most popular social media site among the 76 million internet users in the Philippines. The World Health Organization told AFP that "inappropriate promotion and advertisements" for unregistered medical products had long been a global problem and the pandemic may have made it worse. Ocampo said Facebook posts selling an unregistered eye drop brand that had used images of real doctors and the academy's name. Some of the viral medical posts AFP has debunked on Facebook were paid advertisements.
Source: Philippine Star March 16, 2023 06:09 UTC