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Brazilian lawmakers might ‘claim sanctuary’ on social media

In the latest version of Brazil's "Fake News bill," lawmakers have included a provision granting their speech on social media immunity

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There has been a lot of anticipation in Brasília regarding the so-called “Fake News bill,” which intends to curb online misinformation. Not least because of how it can affect efforts by electoral courts to discipline platforms into instituting some sort of content moderation. And passing between the Senate and the House, the bill has taken many twists and turns – until a new, and possibly final, draft this week.

However, the bill’s latest version – drafted by Congressman Orlando Silva, a seasoned member of the Communist Party of Brazil – could mean that the law will have the opposite effect to its...

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