YouTube removed the video of Republican Senator Ron Johnson for seven days because there was misinformation about Covid-19 treatment. Johnson called this "big technology censorship" and used the video to promote two drugs that are not proven to work effectively in treatment against the virus.
"We removed the video according to our Covid-19 medical disinformation policies, which do not allow content that encourages people to use hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin to treat or prevent the virus,” commented a YouTube spokesperson in an email statement.
As such, YouTube does not allow video sharing that disseminates inaccurate medical information and poses a serious risk of harm, in addition to being content that contradicts global and local health authorities on Covid-19's treatment, transmission and prevention. .
So far, Senator Johnson has not responded to a request for comment. In January, YouTube removed more than 500 videos for spreading disinformation, after banning fake news about vaccines and blocking accounts for spreading the subject.
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YouTube removes journalist Luís Ernesto Lacombe's channel
With 1,2 million subscribers and 129 videos, the channel do journalist Luís Ernesto Lacombe was removed from YouTube last Monday (7) after violating the platform's rules for “nudity or sexual content”.
Supporter of President Jair Bolsonaro, Lacombe had already been notified in March of this year after interviewing Alessandro Loiola, recognized as a “denier” of the new coronavirus pandemic.
The first information was published on Twitter by journalist Guilherme Felitti. “In the year it was on the air, the channel only played host to fierce Bolsonaro supporters. It was the cream of the ideology disguised as 'journalism', just like Alexandre Garcia. Even with many denial videos, the channel fell for infringing YouTube rules on nudity and sexual content,” he published.
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