YouTube has removed videos posted by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for spreading misinformation about coronavirus, the tech giant said.
The company said that its decision was not based on ideology or politics, but on content policies.
“After a careful review, we removed videos from Jair Bolsonaro’s channel for violating our COVID-19 medical misinformation policies,” the company said.
“Our policies don’t allow content that claims hydroxychloroquine and/or Ivermectin is effective to treat or prevent COVID-19, claims that there is a guaranteed cure for COVID-19, and claims that masks don’t work to prevent the spread of the virus. This is in line with the guidance of local and global health authorities, and we update our policies as guidance changes,” YouTube added.
Meanwhile, Bolsonaro’s office has not commented yet on YouTube’s decision.
Bolsonaro’s YouTube account has over 3 million members, and he uses it to present a weekly show where he answers viewers’ queries.
He frequently expresses his skepticism about COVID-19’s severity, his faith in the efficacy of unproven or disproven treatments, and his contempt for stay-at-home orders.