Impact | Negative

    Probability | High

    Rating CIVICUS | Obstructed

    On June 30, the Senate gave preliminary approval to a draft bill on freedom, responsibility and transparency on the Internet. The initiative aims to limit the circulation of fake news in the digital environment and was questioned by different civil society organizations that warn that its application could bring about risks for freedom of expression and the right to privacy. If enacted, messaging platforms must maintain a database of mass mailings to enable surveillance of content virilization and identify its origin. Companies will also be responsible for removing false or automated accounts and identifying the advertised content whose distribution has been paid to the network provider. These points are some of the most questioned by social organizations that anticipate an increase in the government’s capacity to monitor journalists and activists. The spread of fake news has been a topic of discussion in Brazil since the 2018 presidential elections when Jair Bolsonaro was elected. Although the Chamber of Deputies has already begun to discuss the bill, lawmakers are expected to continue consulting with specialists and representatives from the sector in the coming weeks.


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