Since last year, countless YouTube videos promoting COVID-related hoaxes, miracle cures, and conspiracies have been uploaded on channels linked to supporters of Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro—some with millions of subscribers.
In April, hundreds of these videos started disappearing.
The videos—which have either been deleted or made private—promote disinformation about “early treatment” for COVID-19, such as the use of hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin. The use of both drugs has been encouraged by the U.S. and Brazilian governments, despite extensive evidence that they are ineffective or even cause complications. Other videos promote misinformation and conspiracies about the pandemic as a whole.
Full article at Vice US / Motherboard’s website. Date of publication: 02/06/2020.