YouTube has censored Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s channel, removing 15 videos from public view on Wednesday over claims of ‘COVID misinformation’.
The YouTube channel features regular videos of national addresses, as well as conversations with ministers, former officials, and medical professionals, with the president personally having expressed his critical views of lockdowns, mask wearing, and vaccination programs.
Videos that were removed included one that discussed the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID, as well as former health minister Eduardo Pazuello comparing coronavirus to AIDS.
“Post-HIV pandemic, HIV continues to exist. There are still some who are contaminated, most are treated, and life goes on,” he stated.
This is particularly bizarre given that WHO and Anthony Fauci himself said early on during the pandemic that masks were useless.
The tech company confirmed that the decision had been taken to remove the videos due to a violation of its content policies, rather than for a political or ideological disagreement with the Brazilian leader.
Bolsonaro and his office have not yet released a statement on the removal of the videos, but his official Twitter account did post a message urging followers to join him on Telegram to receive daily information directly.