Explaining Brazil #113: Covid-19 made Brazilian elections more exposed to fake news

The coronavirus has made regular meet-and-greet campaigns impossible. And that will favor political fake news rings

There’s no doubt that the coronavirus has drastically upended the 2020 elections. At this point, we can’t tell for sure how — or when — this vote will be able to take place.

By design, Brazil’s electoral system puts lots of people in the same place, in line, for several minutes or even hours. And then they will have to touch a voting machine that hundreds of others have already touched that same day. So, the electoral battleground now moves from town halls to the internet — WhatsApp Messenger in particular. 

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On this episode:

  • José Roberto Castro is a journalist covering politics and economics. He is finishing a Master’s Degree in Media and Globalization. Previously, he worked at Nexo Jornal and O Estado de S. Paulo before joining The Brazilian Report.

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  • Gustavo Ribeiro, editor in chief of The Brazilian Report. He has extensive experience covering Brazilian politics. His work has been featured across Brazilian and French media outlets, including Veja, Época, Folha de S.Paulo, Médiapart, and Radio France Internationale.
  • Euan Marshall, editing. Euan is a journalist and translator who has lived in São Paulo, Brazil since 2011. Specializing in Brazilian soccer, politics and the connection between the two, his work has been published in The Telegraph, Al Jazeera, The Independent, among others.

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