Facebook pressured to dam pro-Bolsonaro accounts

Facebook forced to block pro-Bolsonaro accounts


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Several of Mr Bolsonaro’s supporters are accused of spreading pretend information by way of social media

Facebook has complied with an order by Brazil’s Supreme Court to dam the accounts of a dozen high allies of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.

The group are accused of spreading pretend information towards judges.

However, the social media big mentioned the measure was a risk to freedom of speech, and mentioned it will enchantment towards the order.

Its platform has been used to name for a navy coup to close down Congress and the Supreme Court.

In May a choose ordered Facebook to dam 12 accounts and Twitter one other 16.

On Friday Brazil’s Supreme Court fined Facebook 1.92m reais ($368,000; £280,000) for refusing to dam worldwide entry to the accounts – it had solely agreed to dam entry to accounts that might accessed from Brazil – and an extra 100,000 reais for every day it didn’t comply.

It was not clear whether or not Twitter had additionally been fined.

Facebook mentioned in a press release that the order was excessive, “conflicting with laws and jurisdictions worldwide”.

“Given the threat of criminal liability to a local employee, at this point we see no other alternative than complying with the decision by blocking the accounts globally, while we appeal to the Supreme Court,” it mentioned.

Among the accounts blocked are these of Roberto Jefferson, chief of a celebration loyal to the president, and Luciano Hang, one in all Brazil’s greatest identified businessmen.

Facebook and Twitter are beneath rising stress to deal with hate speech and false info.

In July Facebook blocked dozens of accounts on Facebook and Instagram which it mentioned have been concerned in creating “fictitious personas posing as reporters” and “masquerading as news outlets”.

It mentioned it had linked the accounts to staff within the workplaces of Mr Bolsonaro, his sons Eduardo and Flávio, and others.

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