For violation of the policies of the YouTube, the platform this week removed 15 videos from President Jair Bolsonaro's official (non-party) channel. According to the network, they violated medical information policies by disclosing measures proven to be ineffective against Covid-19, such as use of medications chloroquine and ivermectin. 

Of the 15 removed recordings, 14 are lives presented by the president on Thursdays. The videos were from 2020 and 2021. In two of them, Bolsonaro was alongside former Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello and the Minister for Women, Family and Human Rights, Damares Alves. 

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In two of the videos excluded by YouTube, Bolsonaro was alongside the Minister for Women, Family and Human Rights, Damares Alves. Image: File / Screenshot YouTube

In one of the lives excluded from the platform, Pazuello compared, alongside the president, the pandemic of the new coronavirus with AIDS, a disease caused by HIV virus. The then minister cited the diseases under the argument that "life goes on". “Post-HIV pandemic, HIV continues to exist, there are still some who are contaminated, most are treated, and the life that goes on. That's how it will be with the coronavirus as well,” he said.

Former Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello was in some of the removed videos. In one of them, he compared the Covid-19 pandemic with AIDS: “There are still some who are infected with HIV, most of them are treated, and the life that goes on. That's how it will be with the coronavirus as well”. Image: File / Screenshot YouTube

In another removed video, physician Nise Yamaguchi recommends, in an interview with CNN Brasil, the use of chloroquine and ivermectin to treat Covid-19. When asked about the disagreements between the then Minister of Health, Nelson teich, and the president on medications, she defended the use. “I don't think there is any uncertainty, the issue is that hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are already released at the Ministry of Health,” said the doctor. “There are some adjustments that need to be made, because neither azithromycin nor zinc is listed there, he says that it can be done, but the ideal would be to follow a well-oriented protocol”, he said, at the time.

YouTube position on video removal 

In a note, Youtube says that the platform's rules "do not allow content that claims that hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin are effective to treat or prevent Covid-19".

“After careful review, we removed videos from the Jair Bolsonaro channel for violating our Covid-19 medical misinformation policies. Our rules do not allow content that states that hydroxychloroquine and/or ivermectin are effective in treating or preventing Covid-19; ensures that there is a cure for the disease; or ensure that the masks do not work to prevent the spread of the virus,” says the company's press release. 

If Bolsonaro breaks YouTube rules again, the channel may be suspended for a week. In case of recurrence, he may have the account permanently deleted. The president was notified of these measures.

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It's not the first time Jair Bolsonaro has had videos removed from the platform

This isn't the first time Bolsonaro has had videos deleted by YouTube. In April of this year, the platform blocked five of its videos due to the disclosure of disinformation about Covid-19. In May, another 11 videos were excluded from the president's channel.

De acordo com o jornal O Globo, além do YouTube, desde o início da pandemia, Twitter, Facebook e Instagram vêm excluindo publicações de Bolsonaro que menosprezavam a pandemia de Covid-19, como o vídeo de um passeio do presidente por cidades do Distrito Federal , during which the president took a stand against social isolation.

Another video deleted on the three social networks last year showed Bolsonaro talking to a street vendor without wearing a mask and advocating that people keep working. At a certain point, he agrees when one of the people says that "I have to open businesses and work normally."

Removido apenas do Twitter, outra gravação mostra Bolsonaro entrando em um supermercado, voltando a provocar aglomerações. In this video, he criticized the isolation measures and told journalists that “the country is immune when 60%, 70% are infected” and that a remedy against the coronavirus “is already a reality”.

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