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Facebook, YouTube take down Bolsonaro video

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Facebook and YouTube have taken down a video of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, one in which he falsely claimed COVID-10 vaccines were linked to developing AIDS.

In a statement on Monday, Facebook said, "Our policies don't allow claims that COVID-19 vaccines kill or seriously harm people.”

YouTube confirmed it took the same step later in day because the video, which was recorded last week, violated their misinformation policies.

In addition to removing the video, local media reported YouTube has suspended Bolsonaro’s account for a week.

His videos have been removed before.

Over the summer, the far-right leader recommended using hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin against COVID-19, despite scientific evidence that the drugs are not effective treatments.

Bolsonaro’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to a UN HIV and AIDS program, approved COVID-19 vaccines are safe for most people, including those living with HIV, the virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, known as AIDS.

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