The TSE, the country’s federal electoral court, announced on Thursday that YouTube had stopped payments to 14 channels suspected of disseminating fake news regarding next year’s election.
Most of the stations regularly express their unwavering support for President Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right former army captain who has sown questions about the election’s integrity. After supervising the world’s second-deadliest coronavirus outbreak and a poor economy, the president has lost support in the polls.
Alphabet’s YouTube said in a statement announcing the move, “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,” Last Monday, Luis Felipe Salomo, the inspector general of electoral justice, ordered Twitch.TV, Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to stop paying persons and sites who disseminate misinformation about the Brazilian election system.
YouTube, the latest internet company to withdraw Bolsonaro’s pandemic declarations, announced in July that it had removed videos from his channel for promoting disinformation about the coronavirus epidemic.
Last year, Bolsonaro’s videos were taken down by Twitter and Facebook for violating their terms of service after he made statements that contradicted worldwide public health experts’ advice.