YouTube said on Wednesday July 22 it had removed videos from the Brazilian president’s channel for spreading false information about the Covid-19 epidemic. The platform emphasizes that it has made its decision “After careful consideration” and without taking into account the political ideology of Jair Bolsonaro.
Solicited, the office of the Brazilian president had not yet commented on the decision of YouTube, which would concern about fifteen videos, according to local media. His channel features weekly national addresses and conversations with ministers on a variety of issues, some of which are broadcast live. According to the media O Globo, a video shows Eduardo Pazuello, the former Brazilian health minister, comparing the coronavirus to AIDS. “After the HIV pandemic, HIV continues to exist. There are still some who are contaminated, most of them are treated, and life goes on ”, said Mr. Pazuello.
In another video from a CNN show, a Brazilian doctor recommended hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin as treatments for Covid-19, which have not been proven to be effective against SARS-CoV-2.
YouTube has said it does not allow content promoting either substance as an effective treatment, reports the BBC. He also said his rules ban videos that say masks do not help prevent the virus from spreading.
Last year, Twitter and Facebook also removed videos posted by Jair Bolsonaro for violating their terms of service, after statements by the Brazilian president going against the recommendations of global public health experts.
Brazil is one of the countries paying the heaviest price for the pandemic, and the management of the disastrous crisis of the covidosceptic president continues to be denounced.