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💬 Telegram becomes Brazil’s bête noire

Happy Monday! This week, Brazil’s electoral authorities are set on banning Telegram in the country, but that’s easier said than done. Bolsonaro signs off on the budget, but civil servant tensions remain. São Paulo’s homeless population spiked during the pandemic.

Banning Telegram won’t be easy

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Brazil’s electoral authorities believe Dubai-based messaging app Telegram is one of the greatest threats to the country’s upcoming elections. After WhatsApp began imposing restrictions on bulk messaging, Telegram became the go-to app for spreading political content — especially among the far-right. 

  • The company’s refusal to cooperate with efforts to curb misinformation has led to calls...

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