21 September 2021,   18:56
YouTube removes Bolsonaro videos for COVID misinformation

YouTube says it has removed videos posted by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, because they spread misinformation about coronavirus, writes BBC.

The tech giant said its decision was not based on ideology or politics, but on its content policies.

Since the start of the pandemic, the president has spoken out against lockdowns, masks and vaccinations.

His office has not commented on YouTube’s decision, which affects 15 videos, local media say.

His channel features weekly national addresses, and conversations with ministers about various issues - some of which are live-streamed.

According to news outlet O Globo, one video shows Eduardo Pazuello, Brazil’s former health minister, comparing coronavirus with Aids.

“Post-HIV pandemic, HIV continues to exist. There are still some who are contaminated, most are treated, and life goes on”, - said Mr Pazuello.

In another video of a CNN broadcast, a Brazilian doctor recommended hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug, and the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin as treatments against Covid-19.

So far their efficacy in treating the virus is unproven.