Twitter deleted on Sunday two posts by Jair Bolsonaro—a first. The company considered the posts violations of the rules of use by potentially putting people at greater risk of transmitting the virus (see note below).
The posts were videos of the tour that the president took this Sunday in the federal district, contrary to the guidelines of his own Minister of Health, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, who recommended that people stay at home as a measure to fight the coronavirus.
In the video, Bolsonaro cites the use of chloroquine for the treatment of the disease and defends the end of social isolation.
Hydroxychloroquine, combined with chloroquine and azithromycin, is in the testing phase, and there is no proof of its effectiveness in the fight against the coronavirus.
In one of the posts, in Taguatinga, he talks to informal workers, listens to criticism of the quarantine, agrees with his head, and says that the medication is working.
In the other, in Sobradinho, the president enters a butcher shop, talks to employees, predicts the unemployment that social isolation can cause, and, again, quotes the remedy.
The videos shared by Bolsonaro are on Facebook, which has not deleted the posts.
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon