Brazil’s underwhelming deal with platforms to fight misinformation

Electoral courts have teamed up with social media giants to fight misinformation ahead of the elections. But platforms have yielded very little

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Seeking to curb the spread of falsehoods for political purposes online, Brazil’s electoral court system signed partnership deals with a group of major social media platforms this week. Tech giants Twitter, TikTok, Facebook, WhatsApp, Google, Instagram, YouTube, and Kwai agreed to create filters against misinformation and to remove malicious content and inauthentic accounts.

Authorities are trying to avoid repeating the mistakes they made in 2018 and 2020, when they were left playing catch-up to groups firehosing the public discourse with disinformation. As Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes said during an October trial, “everyone knows what happened in 2018.”...

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