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Facebook, YouTube remove video of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro linking COVID-19 vaccine to AIDS

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro found himself in a social media time-out on Monday following action by Facebook and YouTube following a video warning of an alleged link between Covid-19 vaccines and AIDS.

Facebook removed the offensive video, while YouTube suspended the far-right leader for a week in addition to blocking the clip.

“We removed a video from Jair Bolsonaro’s channel claiming to be in violation of our medical disruptive policies on COVID-19 by claiming that vaccines pose a risk of contracting the disease,” YouTube said in a statement to AFP. and they cause other infectious diseases.” .

Bolsonaro’s latest run-in with social media networks including Facebook, on which he relies heavily to rally his base, – after citing alleged “official reports” from the British government – took his Facebook post last Thursday. Came in the weekly live address.

He claimed that reports “suggest that people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are developing Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome much faster than expected.”

“I advise you to read the article,” he said, without explaining where the information came from.

“I’m not going to read it here, because I don’t want to lose my Facebook Live video.”

Facebook, which removed the comments late Sunday or early Monday, has removed Bolsonaro posts in the past.

Earlier, it was found that he spread misinformation or incited people to violate social distancing policies. But this is the first time it has removed one of their weekly live addresses, a cornerstone of their communications.

Bolsonaro has violated YouTube standards once before, and the company said the president will not be able to post new videos or broadcast live for seven days.

The rest of his videos on the channel, where he has 3.5 million subscribers, can be accessed.

In response to the AFP fact-checking team, the British government denied any such “reports” cited by Bolsonaro.

The Brazilian Society of Infectious Disease Specialists said in a statement that there is no evidence of any link between COVID-19 vaccines and AIDS.

Bolsonaro’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The president has said he does not plan to vaccinate against COVID-19, and joked in the past that the vaccine “could turn you into a crocodile.”


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