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PayPal blocks Olavo de Carvalho in latest blow for far-right ideologue

Seen as the ideological guru of President Bolsonaro, Olavo de Carvalho sees his influence wane with major payments company suspending his account

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Olavo de Carvalho. Photo: YouTube/Olavo de Carvalho

The Virginia based ex-astrologist and self-defined philosopher Olavo de Carvalho is widely regarded as the ideological guru of Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. However, his influence may be waning, as exemplified by a recent move by money transfer app PayPal to block Mr. Carvalho’s account.

PayPal decided to drop the far-right eccentric after a campaign led by Sleeping Giants Brazil, a social media pressure group that aims to persuade companies to remove advertisements from right-wing media outlets publishing misinformation online. The campaign also demanded that Brazilian payments app PagSeguro close his account. At the time of writing, the...

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