However, Bolsonaro has vowed no one will intimidate him amid growing unrest in a country that has criticized him for failing to follow masking guidelines and is investigating him for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. He was also accused of spreading misinformation about the coronavirus, with YouTube extracting videos from his channel in July.
The far-right president also questioned Brazil’s electronic voting system, saying it could succumb to fraud, and argued that the country used printed receipts instead, the press service reported.
YouTube recently suspended the remuneration of the creators of 14 channels amid allegations they broadcast disinformation about the 2022 election, many of whom are Bolsonaro supporters.
Brazil’s Superior Electoral Court has criticized the idea of the country using printed ballots, and current and former Supreme Court justices have said no fraud exists in the country’s electoral system, Reuters reported .
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who is running against Bolsonaro, claimed the far-right president was trying to distract public attention from the country’s poverty and unemployment by focusing on the issue of ballots vote, The New York Times reported.
According to a PoderData poll conducted between August 2 and 4, if the 2022 elections were to take place today, Bolsonaro would lose to da Silva 52% to 32% in a head-to-head.