Senator Angelo Coronel’s anti-fake news bill managed a rare feat in today’s Brazil, uniting both the left and right of the political spectrum … in opposition. He wanted to force users to send tech companies proof of identity to access social media platforms, which would enhance the risks to people’s personal information. His efforts to create what activists called “the worst internet speech law on the planet” was clobbered in the Senate — and the matter was not put to a vote. But that doesn’t mean threats to free expression are gone from the Brazilian Congress.
Congressman José Medeiros, from the Center-West state of Mato Grosso do Sul, wants harsh penalties for people found guilty of threatening the lives of government leaders by using the press or social media.