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Fake news bill treats all Brazilian netizens as potential criminals

Brazil's new fake news bill is chock full of controversial provisions, causing a number of troubling constraints on freedom of speech online

Fake news bill treats all Brazilian netizens as potential criminals
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A highly consequential vote is set to take place in the Brazilian Senate on Thursday, yet it has strangely flown under the radar of the domestic press. It is the so-called Internet Freedom, Responsibility, and Transparency Act, drafted in reaction to inquiries in Congress and the Supreme Court into the spreading of fake news for political gain.

The original proposal has been altered by its rapporteur, Senator Angelo Coronel, from Bahia — in what is less of a facelift and more like an extreme makeover, introducing a number of highly controversial provisions into the bill of law.

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