Facebook has removed a video of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for spreading false information about the coronavirus, the company confirms to the BBC . The video was removed because the footage could result in physical damage, which violates Facebook's policy.

In the video, Bolsonaro, who dismisses the corona pandemic as "the flu," said the drug hydroxychloroquine "works in all cases" against COVID-19, while there is no definitive cure for the disease.

Twitter has also removed two videos from Bolsonaro about the coronavirus. The images showed how the Brazilian President downplays the corona crisis and argues that man could have no influence on it. "People are dying, but that's up to God," he said.

Facebook, Twitter and other social media suffer from various incorrect messages about the corona virus. NU.nl lists a lot of shared incorrect information in the NUcheckt section.

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The coronavirus in short

  • The coronavirus mainly spreads from person to person via sneezing and cough drops. The chance of becoming infected through surfaces such as door handles is small. This chance decreases if you wash your hands often.
  • You can considerably reduce the chance of spreading by keeping at least 1.5 meters away from others.
  • An infected person infects two to three others on average. Precautions are necessary to contain this.
  • The vast majority of patients have mild (flu-like) complaints.
  • Almost all deaths involve the elderly or other vulnerable persons, such as heart, lung or diabetes patients. If everyone complies with the measures, this reduces their risks.
  • Read here what precautions you should take.