Bolsonaro’s disinformation no longer passes

Facebook and Instagram also deleted videos of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro after Twitter on Monday, saying they were sending the wrong message about the coronavirus epidemic.
“We are removing content from Facebook and Instagram that violates our terms of use, which do not allow misinformation that can cause physical harm to people,” Facebook said in a statement to the media.

Twitter had invoked the day before, facing the same videos, “strengthening its rules to take into account content that may go against public health guidelines from official sources and that could increase the risk of transmission of COVID -19 “.

The videos concerned showed the head of state taking a crowd on Sunday in Brasilia, in flagrant contradiction with the official instructions in Brazil.

Resignation requested

On Saturday, his Minister of Health Luiz Henrique Mandetta stressed the importance of staying away from each other to prevent the spread of the disease.

This minister repeated it on Monday. “Right now, we have to maintain the highest degree of social distancing, so that we can […] give time for the health system to strengthen,” he said.

Brazil records 4,579 cases of the disease, for 159 deaths.

Its far-right president, however, was very skeptical about the seriousness of what he considered to be a “small flu”.

“The authorities of certain states and municipalities must give up the concept of scorched earth: the ban on transport, the closing of shops and massive containment,” he said on March 25.

The main personalities of the left published a manifesto on Monday demanding his resignation. “Bolsonaro is more than a political problem, it has become a public health problem,” they wrote.

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