Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro found himself in social media time-out Monday after his video warning of a supposed link between Covid-19 vaccines and AIDS triggered action by Facebook and YouTube.
Facebook removed the offending video, while YouTube went further, suspending the far-right leader for one week in addition to blocking the clip.
He claimed the reports “suggest that people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 are developing AIDS much faster than expected.” “I recommend you read the article,” he added, without saying where the information came from.
A Senate panel probing Brazil’s pandemic response asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to suspend President Jair Bolsonaro from social media, as it prepared to vote on a damning report accusing him of crimes against humanity.
The senators called for the far-right leader to be barred indefinitely from YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram after he falsely alleged Covid-19 vaccines were linked to AIDS.
“We can no longer tolerate this type of behavior,” the lawmakers said in a court filing signed by the 11-member panel’s deputy chair, opposition Senator Randolfe Rodrigues.
— FRANCE 24 (@FRANCE24) October 26, 2021
Brazil lawmakers asked the Supreme Court to ban Pres. Bolsonaro from social media, after he posted a video making false claims linking #COVID19 vaccines to AIDS.
Senators plan to vote on recommending Bolsonaro be charged with crimes against humanity for his pandemic response. pic.twitter.com/3n4XZpsNSs
— AJ+ (@ajplus) October 26, 2021