YouTube suspends payments to 14 Brazilian channels over spreading fake news

In a statement YouTube said, it had suspended payments to 14 channels accused of spreading fake news on Brazil’s next year’s election by the country’s federal electoral court, the TSE.

The bulk of these channels regular provide full support Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right former army captain who has been sowing doubts about the credibility of next year’s vote. Incidentally, the president’s ratings are down in the polls after Brazil’s coronavirus pandemic turned out to be the world’s second deadliest.

“We reinforce our commitment to collaborating with the work of authorities in Brazil and to continue to invest in policies, resources and products to protect the YouTube community from harmful content,” said YouTube said in a statement while announcing the move.

Last week, the inspector general of electoral justice, Luis Felipe Salomão, ordered YouTube, Twitch.TV, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to suspend payments to people and pages that were spreading disinformation about the Brazilian electoral system.

Last month YouTube said, it had removed videos from Bolsonaro’s channel for spreading fake news on the coronavirus outbreak.

In 2020, Facebook and Twitter took down videos of Bolsonaro for breaching their terms of use after he made pronouncements that went against the recommendations of global public health experts.

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