© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro reacts throughout a ceremony to sanction the invoice that create the Federal Regional Court, on the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil October 20, 2021. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/File Photo
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) -Facebook and YouTube have faraway from their platforms a video by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wherein the far-right chief made a false claim that COVID-19 vaccines had been linked with growing AIDS.
Both Facebook (NASDAQ:) and Alphabet (NASDAQ:) Inc’s YouTube stated the video, which was recorded on Thursday, violated their insurance policies.
“Our policies don’t allow claims that COVID-19 vaccines kill or seriously harm people,” a Facebook spokesperson stated in an announcement on Monday.
YouTube confirmed that it had taken the identical step later within the day.
“We removed a video from Jair Bolsonaro’s channel for violating our medical disinformation policy regarding COVID-19 for alleging that vaccines don’t reduce the risk of contracting the disease and that they cause other infectious diseases,” YouTube stated in an announcement.
According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), COVID-19 vaccines accepted by well being regulators are protected for most individuals, together with these residing with HIV, the virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, referred to as AIDS.
Bolsonaro’s workplace didn’t reply instantly to a request for remark exterior regular hours.
In July, YouTube eliminated movies from Bolsonaro’s official channel wherein he really useful utilizing hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin towards COVID-19, regardless of scientific proof that these medicine aren’t efficient in treating the illness.
Since then, Bolsonaro has prevented naming each medicine on his stay broadcasts, saying the movies might be eliminated and advocating “early treatment” basically for COVID-19.
Bolsonaro, who examined optimistic for the coronavirus in July final yr, had credited his taking hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, for his delicate signs. While Bolsonaro himself final January stated that he would not take any COVID-19 vaccine, he did vow to shortly inoculate all Brazilians.
In addition to eradicating the video, YouTube has suspended Bolsonaro for seven days, nationwide newspapers O Estado de S. Paulo and O Globo reported, citing a supply conversant in the matter.
YouTube didn’t reply to a separate Reuters request for remark concerning the suspension on Monday evening.
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