Aug 1, 2020

Brazil Bolsonaro: Facebook told to block accounts of president's supporters

Facebook has complied with an order by Brazil's Supreme Court to block the accounts of a dozen top allies of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. In May a judge ordered Facebook to block 12 accounts and Twitter another 16. On Friday Brazil's Supreme Court fined Facebook 1.92m reais for refusing to block worldwide access to the accounts - it had only agreed to block access to accounts that could accessed from Brazil - and a further 100,000 reais for each day it failed to comply. Among the accounts blocked are those of Roberto Jefferson, leader of a party loyal to the president, and Luciano Hang, one of Brazil's best known businessmen. In July Facebook blocked dozens of accounts on Facebook and Instagram which it said were involved in creating "Fictitious personas posing as reporters" and "Masquerading as news outlets".

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