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The YouTube video platform suspended this Monday (10/25/2021) the activities of the Brazilian president’s channel, Jair Bolsonaro, for a week after removing a video in which he mentioned false information that associates the anticovid vaccine with AIDS.

“We removed a video from Jair Bolsonaro’s channel for violating our medical disinformation policies on covid-19 by claiming that vaccines do not reduce the risk of contracting the disease and that they cause other infectious diseases,” YouTube reported in a statement.

It is the second time that the president violates the “community norms” of the platform, so this time he will not be able to publish new videos or make live broadcasts for the next seven days, according to the rules of the service.

The rest of his videos on the channel, where he has 3.5 million subscribers, are still accessible on YouTube.

According to the same rules, a new violation in the next three months would imply a 14-day suspension and, if he commits another violation, they can permanently remove the channel.

Bolsonaro pointed to the UK

In his weekly live broadcast on Thursday, published simultaneously on several platforms, Bolsonaro mentioned false information circulating on social networks associating the coronavirus vaccine with AIDS.

The president referred to the message according to which there are official reports from the UK government that “suggest” that those who are fully vaccinated are developing the AIDS disease “much more rapidly than anticipated.”

“I recommend that you read the news. I am not going to read it here because I may have problems with my ‘live’,” Bolsonaro said.

British government denies it

The information was denied by the British government to the fact-checking service of the AFP.

The Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases clarified on Saturday in a statement that “no relationship is known between any vaccine against covid-19 and the development of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.”

AFP asked the president’s press office for a reaction, but did not get an immediate response. The president did not refer to the blocking of YouTube or his other social networks.

Facebook and Instagram, which belong to the same group, had already removed the video for the same reason.

jc (afp, efe)