Request in Supreme Court to Ban Jair Bolsonaro from Social Media

Alka Verma

Published On: October 27, 2021 at 09:30 IST

On October 26, a Senate panel requested the Supreme Court to bar President Jair Bolsonaro from Social Media.

The Senators requested the Court to bar the far-right leader from various social media platforms like YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram after he falsely stated that Covid-19 vaccines were linked to AIDS.

The panel of Senates asked the Court to do so as they prepared to vote on critical report accusing him of crimes against humanity.

“We can no longer tolerate this type of behaviour,” stated the lawmakers in a Court filing duly signed by the 11-member panel’s deputy chair.

The request to bar the President came after the Senate commission, investigated the response of Government in the pandemic, prepared to vote on a final report that accuses the President of nine criminal charges.

The hearings of the committee hearings were broadcasted live and showed emotional witness statements about the use of ineffective medication on “human guinea pigs.”

The Court filing of the Senators requested to delete the data from the social media accounts of Bolsonaro and also requested order for Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to provide secret information on the President’s usage.

The filing also asked from High Court order for Bolsonaro asking him make a nationally televised address, “Refuting any correlation between vaccination against the coronavirus and developing AIDS,” or face a fine of 50,000 reais ($9,000) every day he fails to do so.

Bolsonaro stated that reports from the British Government states that people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 are developing Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome much faster than expected.

Due to the claims, Facebook removed the video for violating its policies on spreading misinformation.

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