YouTube has banned Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s channel for at least a week for misinformation in a show linking the use of vaccines against COVID-19 to the development of AIDS.
The suspension has been in place since Monday night for violating the platform’s rules with “medical misinformation about COVID-19 by stating that vaccines don’t reduce the risk of contracting the disease and cause other infectious diseases,” he said a statement collected by the Brazilian Portal G1.
“Our guidelines are consistent with the guidelines of local and global health authorities, and we update our guidelines when the guide changes. We consistently apply our guidelines to the entire platform, regardless of who the creator is or what political opinion they have, ”explained the portal.
YouTube had already sent Bolsonaro a complaint in July for violating his rules, although the direct ban was not achieved at the time, as it has now. Should the Brazilian president break the rules of the platform again in the next 90 days, the penalty would be two weeks without the possibility of publication, and if the 3rd is reached.
The suspension of the president’s account comes after Facebook withdrew the same directly on Sunday. “Our guidelines do not allow any claim that vaccines against the coronavirus can kill or cause serious harm,” the social network said to justify its decision to delete the video from Facebook and Instagram.
The content in question is a direct one that President Bolsonaro published last Thursday, his weekly social media appearance, asserting that those vaccinated against the coronavirus “develop acquired immunodeficiency syndrome,” an association that the Authorities already called doctors have it wrong and absurd.
This is the second video Facebook is removing from Bolsonaro after a March 2020 recording of the Brazilian president promoting the use of chloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, for the preventive treatment of the coronavirus, despite science not only showing that it is ineffective, but can backfire in some cases.
The blocking of Bolsonaro’s channel on YouTube is reminiscent of the unlimited blocking of the account of former US President Donald Trump, who was sanctioned by the platform a few days after his supporters stormed the US Capitol.