Brazilian Senators Petition High Court To Ban Bolsonaro From Social Media After He Links COVID Vax To AIDS

Reuters reports:

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.

NDTV reports:

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.