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Brazil looks into the past to implement legislation punishing political “fake news”

Thursday, January 11th 2018 - 10:19 UTC
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Brazil is the latest country to unveil plans to censor the Internet, following in the footsteps of Germany, France, and other European countries. Earlier this week the country’s official Twitter account for the Federal Police, (equivalent to FBI), announced efforts to “punish” anyone who disseminates political content it deems “false.” The federal government of Brazil is extending its ability to enforce regulation and control of its sector of the Internet. Read full article

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  • Bisley

    This is a dangerous and evil policy, in Brazil, Germany, or anywhere else. Once it is admitted that government can censor any speech, it won't be long until it's doing it in its own favor, and against its opponents. Much of the news has always been lies and propaganda, and always will be -- it's up to us to try and sort it out, not to allow government to control it for its own benefit.

    Jan 11th, 2018 - 01:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    Agree, censorship under any pretext is not recommendable...fake news has become a problem, but the laws that should be perfected are ones that allow prosecution unless what is alleged can be proved....as it is, the PT government under Dilma, funnelled R$ 11 million to PT bloggers in 2014/2015, to plant fake news in the internet, to praise her misdeeds and twist the truth. Seems that now, the practise has caught on, but yes, it's up to us to filter out the truth from the bs..

    Jan 11th, 2018 - 07:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • :o))

    @JB:

    REF: “it's up to us to filter out the truth from the bs”:

    Makes perfect sense if it is known, who are “us” which you refer to! It's because “The Rest” are BEGGING to be exploited and that too; THOROUGHLY exploited.

    So can't really blame the Corrupt Exploiters. REF:
    https://i0.wp.com/www.humorpolitico.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/fake-news-2.jpg?resize=580%2C418&ssl=1

    Jan 11th, 2018 - 10:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mason Freeman

    NWO: You will be “punished” for saying anything that the government deems contrary to what they tell you to think.

    Jan 11th, 2018 - 11:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • :o))

    @MF
    REF: You will be “punished”

    Easy to justify - THAT's Democracy - Brazilian-Style
    REF:
    http://www.otempo.com.br/polopoly_fs/1.1559993.1515284697!image/image.JPG_gen/derivatives/main-charges-resize_620/image.JPG

    Jan 12th, 2018 - 06:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    I never thought I'd agree with Bisley about anything, but gotta say this seems like a really bad idea. The fake news is a problem, but whichever government is in power certainly can't be expected to be an impartial judge of the truth.

    Jan 12th, 2018 - 09:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Enrique Massot

    A new tool for a pseudo government bent on erasing any hint of social awareness that may have remained in Brazil, lest the poor may believe they have rights at all. And this is not “Brazilian Style.” This is “Michel Temer style.”

    Jan 13th, 2018 - 05:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • YourWorseNightmare

    So how does this get past the First Amendment?

    Jan 14th, 2018 - 01:25 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    EM
    Don't tell me you have familiy living in Brazil as well, and that they spend all their time updating you on all the 'backstage' news......why don't you stick to what you presumably have 'some' notion about....when you navigate outside your comfort zone, you always put your foot in it....but I can understand it this time, you must have felt 'hurt' because I criticized your darling Dilma....
    you always speak muche

    Jan 14th, 2018 - 06:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • :o))

    As far as the elections [of any kind] are concerned; the Brazilians are really VERY lucky!

    They don't need to take tough decisions and weigh very carefully, the pros & cons of each candidate.

    All they have to do is just pick one up; either the Most Impressive of the Crooks - or just ANY of the crooks! And the problem is solved - till the next election! REF:
    http://imgsapp2.correiobraziliense.com.br/app/noticia_127983242361/2014/01/13/407558/20140113084716444006i.jpg

    Jan 15th, 2018 - 04:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    The only thing that's tough when it comes down to Brazilian elections, is to try to determine who is LESS corrupt....the few honest politicians - and I would like to think they DO exist - are never sponsored (by their party) as future candidates, because they “don't fit in” with party philosophy...
    Someone who is truly honest, may be what the general electorate is looking for, but not necessarily what the party is...

    Jan 16th, 2018 - 04:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • :o))

    @JB:

    REF: “the few honest politicians - and I would like to think they DO exist.........................................................”:

    Yes, they DO exist or at least, Could-Be Existing.
    - But they prefer to be far away from politics
    - But unfortunately, soon after they “taste blood” and get “trained”; the history repeats itself and the country very comfortably is back to “Square One”! REF:
    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/fb/89/ff/fb89fff42676be467a809fd53c491e58.jpg

    Jan 17th, 2018 - 08:46 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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