Opinion: The Brazilian Congress and Control Over Online Content

Of course, Brazil in not alone in its attempts to control information spread online as many other countries, motivated by fear of “fake news” and social media harassment.

Opinion, by Reut Shuker

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Recent legislation in Brazilian congress will change the Marco Civil da Internet (Lei 12.965/14) and will provide politicians with the power to control content posted about them online.

According to the new legislation users posting defamatory or offensive content will have to provide private information so that politicians or parties can force social media to remove the content if they find it offensive or defamatory.

While this legislation is promoted as means to improve transparency (on part of the users), let’s call it by its name: censorship. Is this . . .

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