Arizona State University ‘COVID Parties’ Promoted on Instagram

An Instagram account promoting “COVID parties” at Arizona State University has been deleted from the social media platform. Arizona State University had sued Facebook — which owns Instagram — over the account which was improperly using the school’s logos and trademarks.

“We have removed the account in question for violating our policies,” a spokesperson for the company told The Arizona Republic. “We disagree that the account infringes any trademark rights ASU might have.”

The account could be seen under the handle “asu_covid.parties” before it was removed.

The account claimed to throw large parties as students began returning to campus for the fall semester, while also sharing misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic.

Whether there were actually any parties, however, is not known but there seems to be no evidence indicating any COVID ragers linked to the account.

The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).

The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.

While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 5.72 million confirmed cases and 177,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.

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