Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro censored by Facebook and YouTube again, as he falsely links Covid jabs to AIDS — RT World News

A video posted by Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro was removed by Facebook and YouTube on Monday for violating their policies against Covid misinformation over the leader’s claim that Covid vaccines are linked to AIDS.

Facebook has confirmed that Monday’s video was deleted. “our policies don’t allow claims that COVID-19 vaccines kill or seriously harm people,” while Alphabet’s YouTube took the same step later that day, claiming it had violated “our medical disinformation policy.”

Prior to its removal, Bolsonaro’s video, which had been published on Thursday, claimed that people in the UK who’ve been given two doses of a Covid vaccine are developing AIDS faster than expected.

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS(UNAIDS) refutes any association between Covid and HIV/AIDS. They state that vaccines that have been cleared by regulatory bodies are safe.

Bolsonaro did not respond to his latest video being removed. However, Bolsonaro, the Brazilian leader, denied criticism of his comments on coronavirus vaccinations and Covid vaccines. Instead, he said that he simply shared citizen concerns. 

This isn’t the first time that social media networks have cracked down on the Brazilian president’s comments. Back in July, YouTube removed 15 videos from his channel for violating policies about spreading misinformation on Covid, including one where the country’s health minister compared the virus to AIDS.

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Bolsonaro also had 14.6M followers on Facebook and 19M followers on Instagram. He was found to have violated their community guidelines regarding Covid-19.

Bolsonaro, who was tested positive for Covid in 2020, also praises hydroxychloroquine, which helped to reduce his mild symptoms. He had previously vowed not taking any coronavirus vaccinations earlier this year, despite promising to do so to protect Brazilians.

Brazil was one of the hardest-hit by the pandemic. There have been more than 21.6 million cases and 600,000. deaths from Covid. Brazil has administered more than 254 million Covid vaccine doses since the inoculation campaign began.

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