YouTube takes down videos from Brazilian president’s channel, citing coronavirus misinformation

YouTube on Wednesday removed videos from Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s channel, citing its policy against spreading coronavirus misinformation.

YouTube said that it made the move without regard to the president’s politics, and said that “after careful review” it decided to take down some of the videos.

“Our policies don’t allow content that claims hydroxychloroquine and/or Ivermectin are 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,” a spokesperson for YouTube told The Hill in a statement.

“This is in line with the guidance of local and global health authorities, and we update our policies as guidance changes. We apply our policies consistently across the platform, regardless of speaker or political view,” the spokesperson added.

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