Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro discovered himself in social media time-out Monday after his video warning of a supposed hyperlink between Covid-19 vaccines and AIDS triggered motion by Fb and YouTube.
“We eliminated a video from Jair Bolsonaro’s channel for violating our medical disinformation insurance policies on COVID-19 by claiming that vaccines don’t scale back the danger of contracting the illness and that they trigger different infectious ailments,” YouTube mentioned in an announcement despatched to AFP.
Bolsonaro’s newest run-in with social media networks together with Fb, on which he closely depends to rally his base, got here after he cited purported “official stories” from the British authorities — since debunked — in his weekly reside handle on Fb final Thursday.
He claimed the stories “counsel that people who find themselves totally vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 are creating Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome a lot quicker than anticipated.”
“I like to recommend you learn the article,” he added, with out saying the place the knowledge got here from.
“I am not going to learn it right here, as a result of I do not need to lose my Fb reside video.”
Fb, which took down the feedback late Sunday or early Monday, has eliminated Bolsonaro posts prior to now.
Earlier, it discovered he unfold misinformation or incited folks to violate social distancing insurance policies. However that is the primary time it has taken down certainly one of his weekly reside addresses, a cornerstone of his communications.
Bolsonaro has violated YouTube requirements as soon as earlier than as properly, and the corporate mentioned the president won’t be able to put up new movies or do reside broadcasts for seven days.
The remainder of his movies on the channel, the place he has 3.5 million subscribers, will stay accessible.
The British authorities denied any such “stories” cited by Bolsonaro, in response to an AFP fact-checking staff.
The Brazilian Society of Infectious Illness Specialists mentioned in an announcement there was no proof of any relationship between COVID-19 vaccines and AIDS.
Bolsonaro’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The president has mentioned he doesn’t plan to be vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, and joked prior to now the vaccine may “flip you into an alligator.”