You’re reading The Brazilian Report‘s weekly tech roundup, a digest of the most important news on technology and innovation in Brazil. This week’s topics: How serious is Big Tech in fighting fake news and misinformation in Brazil? São Paulo leads the way in research and development. The government’s bad idea to create a central citizen database. Google Pay adapts to the Brazilian market.
Big Tech joins Brazilian effort against misinformation. How serious are they?
Prior to the 2018 election, Supreme Court Justice Luiz Fux—who at the time presided over the Superior Electoral Court—pointed to the spread of fake news and misinformation as major risks for Brazilian democracy. Yet, the court did little to curb the widespread use of social media for fearmongering by all major campaigns.