Technology Twitter pulls down two coronavirus tweets from Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro
Brazil: President Jair Bolsonaro tested for coronavirus
© REUTERS / Adriano Machado Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, photographed on March 6, 2020. In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro was tested for coronavirus. The reason: he returned from a four-day trip to the United States and one of his delegation revealed that he was carrying the virus. With our correspondent in Sao Paulo, Martin Bernard Jair Bolsonaro appeared with a mask during a video on social networks, alongside the Minister of Health, also masked.
Twitter removed two tweets by Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro that reportedly included videos of the politician questioning social distancing and quarantine measures aimed at slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus , a sign that the company is taking a tougher stance against health misinformation.
Twitter will leave up some tweets from politicians that violate its rules because of public interest, but will likely draw the line when a tweet can lead to physical harm or violence. Earlier this month, the social network expanded its definition of harm and required users to take down tweets that included a denial of global or local health authority recommendations to decrease a person's likelihood of exposure to COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus. The move comes as social networks face criticism that they aren't doing enough to slow the spread of health misinformation.
Coronavirus: Brazil exceeds the 15,000 dead mark
© Provided by Le Point Brazil, coronavirus This is a symbolic threshold, which could be largely underestimated. The Brazil passed the 15,000 dead mark of the new coronavirus on Saturday. According to official statistics, 230,000 cases of contamination have also been identified. The largest country in Latin America is thus the fourth most affected country in the world in terms of infected people.
A Twitter spokesman confirmed it pulled down the Brazilian president's tweets for spreading coronavirus misinformation. "Twitter recently announced the expansion of its rules to cover content that could be against public health information provided by official sources and could put people at greater risk of transmitting COVID-19," a Twitter spokesman said in a statement.
CNET could not view the videos in the tweets after they were removed on Sunday, butreported that the Brazilian politician also commended the use of anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for treating the virus. Clinical trials are still needed to prove whether the drug is effective, but there have been anecdotal reports that it could have some benefit, according to the .
Supreme Court Allows Investigation Against Bolsonaro
The Brazilian Supreme Court has authorized the opening of proceedings against President Jair Bolsonaro on suspicion of political interference with the federal police. © Photo: Eraldo Peres / AP / dpa Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil. An application by the Attorney General last Friday was granted, as a statement by the Supreme Court shows. Former Brazilian Justice Minister Sergio Moro Bolsonaro had previously made serious allegations and resigned on Friday.
"What I have been hearing from people is that they want to work," Bolsonaro said in one of the deleted videos, according to BuzzFeed. "Brazil cannot stop or we'll turn into Venezuela," he added.
Notices that say the tweets are no longer available because they violate Twitter's rules appear on Bolsonaro's Twitter account. BuzzFeed reported that the videos are still up on Facebook. The social media giant didn't respond to a request for comment. Bolsonaro could not be immediately reached and the Brazilian embassy didn't respond to a request for comment.
Bolsonaro isn't the only politician that Twitter has cracked down on for spreading coronavirus misinformation. Last week, the company deleted a tweet by Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro for recommending the use of a "natural brew" as a potential cure for the coronavirus.
Brazil's health minister resigns after one month on the job
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's health minister, who took office less than a month ago, resigned on Friday in a sign of continuing upheaval in the nation's battle with the COVID-19 pandemic and President Jair Bolsonaro's pressure for the nation to prioritize the economy over health-driven lockdowns. Nelson Teich's resignation was confirmed by the Health Ministry. Nelson Teich's resignation was confirmed by the Health Ministry. The oncologist, a former health care consultant, took the job on April 17 under pressure to align the ministry’s actions with the president’s view that the economy must not be destroyed by restrictions to control spread of the virus.
On Friday, Twitter removed a tweet from Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, for spreading misinformation about the coronavirus and temporarily locked the lawyer's account. In the tweet, Giuliani quoted conservative activist Charlie Kirk, who falsely claimed that "hydroxychloroquine has been shown to have a 100% effective rate treating COVID-19." Giuliani didn't respond to a request for comment.
Still, Twitter hasn't taken action against all coronavirus misinformation posted by a prominent figure. Tesla CEO and co-founder Elon Musk tweeted last week that "kids are essentially immune" from COVID-19. Even though can catch the virus, Twitter left up Musk's tweet and said it was because Musk's tweet wasn't "definitive" reported.
Coronavirus / Brazil: "Sorry, some will die", says Bolsonaro .
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-BRAZIL: Coronavirus / Brazil: "Sorry, some will die", says Bolsonaro © Reuters / UESLEI MARCELINO CORONAVIRUS / BRAZIL: "SORRY, SOME ARE GOING TO DIE, "SAYS BOLSONARO by Pedro Fonseca and Marcelo Rochabrun RIO DE JANEIRO / SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Jair Bolsonaro on Friday expressed doubts about the number of coronavirus deaths in Sao Paulo and accused his governor of manipulating figures for political purposes, without providing evidence, a new stage in the quarrel between the B