Stories about Brazil

Twitter urged to take action against harassment of female reporter in Brazil

The smear campaign against Folha de S. Paulo journalist Patrícia Campos Mello is one of several cases of harassment against reporters that have taken place recently in Brazil.

Lynch mobs in India, fake news in Brazil — when disinformation goes viral, should Facebook take action?

Facebook may still not know its power when it comes to disinformation.

Netizen Report: How WhatsApp (and $3 million) helped carry Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro to victory

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Brazilian journalists face hacking, doxxing and other threats as election draws near

141 cases of threats and violence against journalists have been registered during the coverage of 2018 elections.

Will fake news carry Brazil's favored far-right candidate to victory?

Facebook and WhatsApp have seen a flurry of false and misleading posts promoting Jair Bolsonaro, who is likely to be Brazil's next president.

Will Brazil's forthcoming data protection law actually protect peoples’ privacy rights?

The president vetoed the creation of an independent authority that would oversee the law's implementation.

Facebook bans 196 pages in Brazil, attempting to rein in abuse and disinformation

Free Brazil Movement is accusing the platform of censoring right-wing groups.

Billions served? Human rights in the Facebook era

Tracking hate speech, harassment, and political censorship on the world’s largest social network

By Attempting to Curb Disinformation on Slain Politician Marielle Franco, a Brazilian Judge Hands Facebook Censorship Powers

The order could set a dangerous precedent for freedom of speech online in the country.

São Paulo City Hall's Official Facebook Page is Blocking Users Who Criticise the Mayor

The revelations cast light on the uncharted legal territory of how official digital accounts of public institutions are administrated when they are hosted by private platforms, such as Facebook.

Brazil's Largest Newspaper Quits Facebook, Accuses it of Harboring ‘Fake News’

Folha's editor accused Facebook of "...banning professional journalism from its pages in favour of personal content and opening space for ‘fake news’ to proliferate."

Netizen Report: Can Brazil’s Government Use Google to Manipulate Public Opinion?

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Netizen Report: Fearful of ‘Fake News’, Lawmakers in France and Brazil Want to Limit Free Speech Before Elections

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Brazil Introduces Tougher Regulations on ‘Fake News’ Ahead of 2018 Elections

A committee with members of the army, the federal police, and the Brazilian Intelligence Agency will monitor and possibly order the blocking of false news reports on social media.

Brazilian Justice Rules in Favor of Satirical Website After Seven Years of Censorship

Using parody, the website drew attention to the skewed coverage of the Folha de São Paulo newspaper, one of the largest in Brazil. Nevertheless, it was shut down.

Brazilian Facebook User Prosecuted for Posting a Joke About a Politician

The administrator was prosecuted not for defamation, but rather for violating Brazil's anonymity laws.

Brazilian Activists Outsmart Facebook's Censorship of the Female Nipple

"What are the real differences between one portrait and another? What is offensive in one nipple that isn't in the other?"

Brazil Superior Court Rules in Google's Favor, Against ‘Right to Be Forgotten’

The court ruled that forcing search engines to adjudicate removal requests would give too much responsibility to search engines, effectively making them into digital censors.

Netizen Report: Advocates Stand Up to Cybercrime Legislation in Brazil and Pakistan

Cybercrime battles rage in Pakistan and Brazil, Italian regulators put a lid on Hacking Team, and Wikimedia loses copyright fight in Sweden.

A Breakdown of the Current Version of Brazil's Cybercrimes Bill

Following criticism, the Commission made some changes to the most controversial elements of the legislation. But a battle still lies ahead.

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