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The Bolsonaros are finding alternatives to Telegram

Brazilian courts ordered a Telegram last week, and later revoked it. In response, pro-Bolsonaro networks are in a bid to sidestep further judicial action

Brazilian courts ordered a Telegram last week, and later revoked it. In response, pro-Bolsonaro networks are jumping ship, in a bid to sidestep further judicial action.
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Telegram, the encrypted messaging platform that has grown rapidly in Brazil, is no longer banned. After evading courts for months, the Dubai-based company finally agreed to cooperate with the judiciary’s efforts to curb misinformation. But recent moves by the Supreme Court have kept the sword of Damocles hanging over Telegram, and that more bans could be on the way.

Conscious of this threat, pro-Bolsonaro networks – which have thrived on Telegram – have started to invest in alternative platforms so they can continue communication with their millions of followers. Conservative groups have gravitated towards Parler, Gettr, and Rumble — platforms...

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