Facebook yanks Bolsonaro video claiming vaccines cause AIDS

RIO DE JANEIRO – Facebook and Instagram removed from their platforms a live broadcast of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro saying that people in the UK who have received two doses of coronavirus vaccine will get AIDS faster than expected.

Facebook’s press office confirmed in an email to The Associated Press that the content was removed on Sunday night for violating Facebook guidelines regarding COVID-19 vaccines.

“Our guidelines do not allow claims that COVID-19 vaccines kill or seriously harm people,” the statement said. The company didn’t respond to AP questions about why three days had passed before the much-criticized content was removed or whether language barriers were a factor since Bolsonaro spoke in Portuguese.

The claim was among the most bizarre the president, who caught the virus last year and is still unvaccinated, has made about immunization against the coronavirus to date. He spent months sowing doubts about vaccines, especially the one produced by the Chinese company Sinovac. He also warned Brazilians that there would be no legal recourse against Pfizer for anyone suffering from side effects, joking that women could grow beards or turn into alligators.

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