This is not the first time YouTube has blocked Jair Bolsonara, President of Brazil. He is accused of spreading false information about vaccines and their connection to AIDS.
Google-owned platform explains its actions to block the head of the Latin American state:
“We removed the video from Jair Bolsonaro’s channel because he violated our policy of use regarding disinformation about medical problems related to COVID-19. He stated that vaccines do not reduce the risk of developing disease and other infectious diseases. “
This second block, caused by a violation of YouTube’s “policy of use”, will be in effect for seven days. The Brazilian president will not be able to broadcast live or upload new videos. However, the rest of the content on the channel, which has 3.5 million subscribers, is still available on YouTube.
In a scandalous video that was broadcast on the president’s channel and was posted on other platforms last Thursday, Jair Bolsonaro exaggerates rumors:
“Official” British government documents indicate that people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 develop acquired immunodeficiency syndrome much faster than expected. I advise you to read the news. I will not read them here because it can cause problems in my life. “
This baseless claim was denied by the British government, which was contacted by the French agency’s fact-checking team, APE-MPE reports, citing AFP and Reuters. And even the Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases said in a Saturday press release:
“There is absolutely no known link between any COVID-19 vaccine and the emergence of AIDS.”
The French agency did not stop there and requested a comment from the press service of the President of Brazil. As expected, it received no immediate response. And the head of state has so far not reacted in any way to the blocking of his YouTube channel.
Facebook back in March this year withdrew a video in which Bolsonaro encouraged mass rallies, denying any precautions about the coronavirus. At that time, an average of 2,500 deaths were recorded daily in the country due to complications of COVID-19.
In July, YouTube sent the Brazilian president the first warning after uploading other videos in which he spread false information about the coronavirus pandemic, questioning the use of masks to prevent infection and calling drugs used to treat covid ineffective.
Bolsonaro is no stranger to accusations of spreading false information. In August, the Supremo Federal Tribunal Federal (STF) launched an investigation against the president, including charges of “defamation” and “incitement to crime,” for allegedly rigging previous presidential elections using electronic voting.