Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (Jair Bolsonaro) found himself suspended on social media on Monday after his video warned of a possible link between the Covid-19 vaccine and AIDS, which triggered actions by Facebook and YouTube.
Facebook deleted the violating video, while YouTube went further, in addition to blocking the clip, suspended the far-right leader for a week.
In a statement to AFP, YouTube said: “We removed a video from Jair Bolsonaro’s channel that claimed that the vaccine would not reduce the risk of contracting the disease and cause other infectious diseases, which violates our Medical misinformation policy regarding COVID-19.”
Bolsonaro recently clashed with social media networks including Facebook. In his weekly live speech on Facebook last Thursday, he cited an “official report” allegedly from the British government-since it was debunked since.
He claimed that these reports “show that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are developing Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome much faster than expected.”
“I suggest you read this article,” he added, but did not specify the source of the information.
“I won’t read it here because I don’t want to lose my Facebook live video.”
Facebook deleted these comments late Sunday or early Monday, and it has also deleted Bolsonaro’s posts in the past.
Earlier, it discovered that he spread misinformation or incited people to violate social distancing policies. But this is the first time it has cancelled his weekly live broadcast address, which is the cornerstone of his communication.
Bolsonaro had previously violated YouTube standards. The company stated that the president would not be able to publish new videos or broadcast live within 7 days.
The remaining videos of his 3.5 million subscribers on the channel are still accessible.
In response to the fact-checking team of Agence France-Presse, the British government denied any such “reports” cited by Bolsonaro.
The Brazilian Association of Infectious Disease Experts said in a statement that there is no evidence that there is any relationship between the COVID-19 vaccine and AIDS.
Bolsonaro’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The president has stated that he does not plan to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and has joked in the past that the vaccine may “turn you into a crocodile.”