Facebook and Instagram Follow Twitter in Deleting Bolsonaro's Posts

Elias Hubbard
April 1, 2020

In Taguatinga, a low-income suburb of Brasilia, Bolsonaro stopped in a normally bustling market square to speak to a man selling barbecued meat on skewers. "There are deaths, but that is up to God, we can not stop", the man said, according to a video posted on the president's Facebook and Twitter accounts. "If we don't die of the sickness, we are going to die of starvation". He has additionally lashed out at state and municipal officers who, in steps aimed toward saving lives applied powerful lockdowns, closed non-essential companies and banned public conferences, even in church buildings.

"When the situation is heading toward chaos, with mass unemployment and hunger, it's fertile ground for some to exploit, seeking a way to reach power and never leave it", Bolsonaro told reporters outside the presidential palace. So far the country has more than 4,500 confirmed cases, which tripled the reported cases a week before, and at least 159 people have died from COVID-19, up from 25 deaths reported last week.

Following Twitter's lead, Facebook also decided, on Monday (30), to delete President Jair Bolsonaro's publication from its platforms because it creates "misinformation" that can "cause real harm to people", it said.

TechCrunch reports that Facebook has appeared to stray from its general policy of not fact-checking politicians and removed a post by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro relating to the coronavirus pandemic. In the video which was removed Bolsonaro had been speaking to a street vendor and stated that "They want to work".

The "Brazil can't cease" social media marketing campaign, suggesting to most Brazilians that there was no need for isolating themselves at dwelling, was banned by Choose Laura Bastos in Rio de Janeiro on the request of federal prosecutors. They known as the assembly tense.

Mandetta also told Bolsonaro that he could not defend the president's proposal to isolate only the old and the ill as a way of reducing the economic impact of the pandemic, the sources said. In an apparent attempt to justify his reluctance to take drastic measures, he even went so far as to say "We're all going to die one day".

He said chloroquine, a drug used to treat malaria and other diseases, was working "everywhere" against the new virus.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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