Twitter Removes Shares from Brazilian President, Underestimating COVID-19

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Twitter, the world’s most popular microblogging platform, has removed two videos of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, questioning the strict quarantine measures implemented due to the coronavirus outbreak, and giving a ‘normalization’ message to the public.

Angering many segments of the society with his racist, homophobic and sexist statements, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro mobilized Twitter for a series of videos he shared at the end of the week we left behind. Two tweets where an ex-soldier, far-right Bolsonaro, questioned the quarantine measures implemented to control the new type of coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, were removed on Sunday on the grounds that the social media giant violated community rules.

Twitter takes a proactive approach to prevent content that can cause conflicting information about COVID-19 and further increase chaos in society. Similarly, Facebook has announced that all posts containing outbreak conspiracy theories and false information will be removed from the platform.

In one of the removed videos, Bolsonaro tells a street vendor, “What I hear from people is that they want to work. There are two things I have said from the beginning: We will be careful and people over 65 will stay at home.” He gives the answer.

In another video, the far-right leader challenges the quarantine measures and calls for “back to normal” implemented by Brazil’s governors and some mayors as an effective restraint measure. “If it continues this way, with a huge unemployment problem that will take years to resolve. “We will meet,” said Bolsonaro, “Brazil will either not stop or turn into Venezuela.”

In the four videos in question, Bolsonaro seems to be surrounded by small crowds. The President of Brazil, who has described the COVID-19 disease as the “flu” and has defended the re-opening of schools, shops and shops, believes that this problem can be overcome only by applying isolation over 65 years of age. According to the official figures shared, there are 4,114 COVID-19 cases in Brazil. The current death toll is 136.


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