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Politics • American • Brazil
2020-06-02T12:52:42+00:00
Brazilian Senate to vote new law criminalising the usage of fake accounts in social networks
Brazilian Senate session
Brazilian Senate session Credit: Leopoldo Silva/Agência Senado

Brazil's Senate is going to vote today a new law to criminalise the usage of fake accounts and bots on social networks.
The proposal, presented by senator Alessandro Vieira and representatives Felipe Rigoni and Tabata Amaral, establishes that platforms face sanctions if they don’t provide transparent reports, do not label bots, or don’t highlight corrections coming from independent fact-checkers.
Expressing concerns about the proposal, Flávia Lefèvre, a counselor of the Brazilian internet steering committee, stated: “All counsellors are overly concerned with this proposal. It could compromise one of the principles that are in the decalogue of the internet and in article 14 of [Brazil’s internet bill of rights], which is the non-liability of the network provider. This is a principle that guarantees freedom of expression and prevents censorship”.

Politics • American • US
2020-05-29T08:15:41+00:00
Trump signs executive order aimed at social media companies
Donald J. Trump participates in a Cabinet meeting Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in the East Room of the White House.
Donald J. Trump participates in a Cabinet meeting Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in the East Room of the White House. Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday aimed at limiting the legal protection enjoyed by social media companies. the executive order comes two days after Twitter labelled two of his tweets "potentially misleading".
Twitter criticised the executive order on a statement late Thursday: "This EO is a reactionary and politicized approach to a landmark law. #Section230 protects American innovation and freedom of expression, and it’s underpinned by democratic values. Attempts to unilaterally erode it threatens the future of online speech and Internet freedoms."

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-28T18:55:15+00:00
Brazilian president criticise Supreme Court investigation of allies for alleged fake news
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Credit: Marcos Corrêa/PR

President Jair Bolsonaro stated on Thursday that a Brazil's Supreme Court investigation into a fake news network was actually aimed at silencing his social media support.
Brazil's Federal Police on Wednesday executed more than two dozen searches and seizure warrants in six states as part of an investigation into a network that allegedly spread defamatory fake news and threats against Supreme Court justices.

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-05-28T10:37:26+00:00
Mark Zuckerberg criticizes Twitter for new fact-checking feature
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the White House in 2019
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the White House in 2019 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC (Public Domain)

In an interview with Fox News, Mark Zuckerberg criticised Twitter for its new fact-checking feature, stating “private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that". He furthermore added that he believes that "Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online".
In a serious of tweets, Twitter's Jack Dorsey responded to Zuckerberg, writing: "We’ll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally. [...] This does not make us an “arbiter of truth.” Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves. More transparency from us is critical so folks can clearly see the why behind our actions."

Politics • American • US
2020-05-27T08:48:37+00:00
Twitter tags Trump tweet with fact-checking warning label for first time
Screenshot of Trump's Tweet begin tagged with "Get the facts about mail-in ballots"
Screenshot of Trump's Tweet begin tagged with "Get the facts about mail-in ballots" Credit: Donald J. Trump via Twitter

Twitter added a fact-checking warning label to a tweet by President Donald Trump on Tuesday, and this is the first time the social media platform has used such a warning for Trump's tweets.
In two tweets, Trump alleged that mail-in ballots would be "substantially fraudulent" and result in a "Rigged Election.". Now both of the tweets have a label stating, "Get the facts about mail-in ballots." and a link leading to a page saying the president's tweets are not true.

Politics • American • Brazil
2020-05-21T21:24:58+00:00
Sleeping Giants in Brazil reaches 140,000 followers and aims to cut revenue from sites promoting misinformation
Capture of site targeted by Sleeping Giants
Capture of site targeted by Sleeping Giants Credit: Sleeping Giants Brasil

Sleeping Giants Brasil, the Brazilian profile of the activists' organization Sleeping Giants reached 140,000 followers on Twitter since its launch less than a week ago.
The profile alerted local companies such as Dell, TIM Brasil, Telecine, Submarino, PicPay, Banco do Brasil, and Phillips about their programmatic media on sites spreading misinformation.