Telegram, Brazil’s new far-right refuge

Banned on Facebook, Twitter and the major networks for their potential for real-world harm, channels and groups that spread conspiracy theories or violent speech can be easily found with a simple keyword search in the app.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Comparisons between messaging apps and social networks are commonly heard. Services such as WhatsApp have become so widespread and ubiquitous in society that the association actually makes sense, albeit with a big difference: in these digital corners, content control and moderation are virtually unfeasible in the current format - either due to technical issues (such as encryption) or lack of action by the companies.

This shows the difficult balance between the need for privacy and the demand to counter excesses, a constant ambivalence that results in both safe communication tools and environments where extremism can flourish with . . .

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