WhatsApp has banned more than 100,000 accounts ahead of Brazil's upcoming federal election 'Party candidate Fernando Haddad wants to face down far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro, Bloomberg reported on Friday.
Facebook has recently bragged nonstop about its "was room," an office in its Menlo Park, California disinformation efforts online (or at least make it look like they're doing that). WhatsApp is a popular chat app that has a large overseas user base, but its encrypted nature makes it very hard for Facebook to monitor by design. As the Guardian noted, Bolsonaro's backers in the business world have been illegally colluding with the candidate in a multimillion-dollar plot to bombard WhatsApp users with "hundreds of millions" of propaganda messages before the Oct. 28 runoff elections:
According to an article in the front page of the Folha de São Paulo, Bolsonaro has become an illegal helping hand from a group of Brazilian entrepreneurs who are bankrolling a campaign bombard WhatsApp users with fake news about Haddad ….
"The practice is illegal since it is undeclared campaign donations by companies, something outlawed by electoral legislation,
"Haddad tweeted ."
"My adversary is seeking to benefit from electoral crimes,"
claiming to have information suggesting
Haddad is asking for an investigation into the WhatsApp spam campaign. According to Bloomberg, other political parties are demanding Bolsonaro declared ineligible, and there is a case into law:
… The country's top electoral court responded on Friday Bolsonaro. Several political parties, including Haddad's Workers' Party, are also requesting that Bolsonaro be declared eligible for economic power and misuse of digital communication.
Brazil's federal police also opened an investigation into allegations of spam message campaigns on WhatsApp related to the election.
However, with Bolsonaro widely expected to be in the runoff, and advocating things like legalizing mass arrests and indiscriminate lethal force WhatsApp propaganda scandal to stop him.
WhatsApp told Bloomberg they have identified and eliminated the 100,000 fraudulent accounts using "abnormal behavior" can not be used to spread spam or misinformation "and that they were taking legal action again st companies involved. Yet the New York Times wrote on Friday that the estimated 120 million Brazilian users of WhatsApp have been deluged with spam for months, including everything from fake information to thousands of videos and disseminating lies and propaganda.
While Facebook Brazilians simply see their response as part of a conspiracy to manipulate the news cycle:
Brazilians from the truth.
"When we do the debunking, a lot Leonardo Cazes, editor working on the "Fato ou Fake" news literacy project with O Globo, a Brazilian newspaper.
.. "People ent Roberta Braga, associate director at the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center at the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based foreign policy think tank.
WhatsApp has also made making changes to the works in Brazil, including imposing tighter caps on the number of messages that can be forwarded to the United States Times wrote. WhatsApp with messages "WhatsApp has been used." WhatsApp has been used for some time now by extremist groups to stoke violence and lynching in India, and the military of Myanmat has used Facebook as a tool to aid genocide against Muslims.
Whatsapp is in Brazil particularly popular in Brazil because it is free, while local service providers generally offer inflation rates for SMS capability. As the Washington Post noted, "the chat app's invite-only group feature has been used to make it clear" by everyone from "disgruntled over drivers, feminists, and hard-line conservatives" to union activists. By the same token, WhatsApp and other social media services have been published.
"The Country is a pressure cooker, "philosopher Francisco Bosco, who published the social media and politics in Brazil, told the Post. "Social networks increase the pressure and allow it to be organized pragmatically. The conflicts and tensions are laid out every day, often in reduced, simple terms that contribute to a polarizing environment and scapegoating. "