In the field of politics, it seems that Facebook encounters more than one difficulty. The company led by Mark Zuckerberg complied with an order from the Brazilian Supreme Court, in which he is asked to block the accounts of a dozen important allies of the president of that country, Jair Bolsonaro.
However, the digital platform referred that the measure is a threat against freedom of expression, so it showed its interest in appealing the order.
In addition to being accused of publishing false news against the judges, Bolsonaro’s militants have used the service to demand a military coup for the purpose of closing Congress and the Supreme Court, according to a report by the BBC.
Last Friday, July 31, 2020, the judicial body fined Facebook with around $ 368,000 for refusing to block global access to accounts, and around $ 19,147 for each day that it did not comply (in May, a judge ordered him block 12 accounts, while Twitter, 16).
“Given the threat of criminal liability for a local employee, at this point, we see no alternative but to comply with the decision to block accounts worldwide, while we appeal to the Supreme Court,” Facebook said in a statement. .
Among the blocked accounts are those of Roberto Jefferson, leader of a party loyal to the president, and Luciano Hang, one of Brazil’s best-known businessmen.
According to the information, Facebook blocked dozens of accounts on its social network and Instagram last July, since they were involved in the creation of fictional characters: they were posing as reporters. The technology company linked part of these with employees in the offices of Bolsonaro and his children, Eduardo and Flávio.
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