YouTube confirmed it removed several videos from Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro yesterday for spreading false information about COVID-19.
Reuters notes that Bolsonaro has been outspoken against lockdowns, vaccines, masks, and has promoted unscientific treatments on his YouTube channel, where he hosts weekly addresses. These streams — which are also distributed on Facebook — see the far-right figure taking questions from viewers and deriding his enemies alongside appearances from ministers and music.
“Our rules do not allow content that states that hydroxychloroquine and/or ivermectin are effective in treating or preventing COVID-19, that states there is a cure for the disease, or says that masks do not work to prevent the spread of the virus,” YouTube told Reuters in a statement.
We’ve reached out to YouTube to see how many videos were removed from Bolsonaro’s channel and whether he received any channel strikes in relation to the punishment, and will update this post accordingly.
Last year, Reuters notes, both Twitter and Facebook took down videos of Bolsonaro for making spreading COVID misinformation.
Bolsonaro launched his YouTube channel in 2009 and has amassed 3.4 million subscribers and 5 million monthly viewers, who tune into the retired military officer’s far-right views and conspiracy theories.