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Brazilian Senate approves PL of ‘fake news’

by Ace Damon
Brazilian Senate approves PL of 'fake news'

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23:04 30.06.2020(updated 23:11 30.06.2020) SHORT URL

The Senate approved on Tuesday (30) the Bill (PL) 2.630/2020, which proposes measures to combat the spread of fake news.

PL of the fake news received 44 votes in favor and 32 votes against. The text now goes to the House. Senate President David Alcolumbre posted the result on his Twitter account.

The @SenadoFederal adopted the main text of PL 2.630/2020 which will ensure transparency in social networks and the fight against fake news on the Internet. Greeting the senator @angelocoronel_, who devoted himself so much to the matter and brought up an indispensable theme to the present day.

— David Alcolumbre (@davialcolumbre) June 30, 2020

The project is authored by Senator Alessandro Vieira (Citizenship-SE) and was reported by Ângelo Coronel (PSD-BA).

Colonel, in addition to rapporteur of the PL, is chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry (CPMI) that investigates the dissemination of fake news.

“It’s critical to know who we’re debating with. And in anonymity we don’t know who we’re debating and how to defend ourselves. My main concern was overcoming irresponsible anonymity,” he said during his report presentation, Quoted by Agência Brasil.

The bill establishes rules to bring transparency to providers of social networks and private messaging services and advocates combating the dissemination of fake news posted in anonymity or with the use of fake profiles and mass shootings. At the same time, the text talks about guaranteeing freedom of expression, communication and manifestation of thought.

The PL prohibits the operation of automated accounts that are not expressly identified as such. The text also prohibits so-called inauthentic accounts, profiles designed to simulate someone else’s identity, and mislead the public. The promotion of advertising messages continue to apply, but social networking and messaging services should prominently inform the advertising nature of these messages.

Providers of social networking and messaging services should also develop ways to detect registry fraud and the use of accounts that are in violation of legislation. Publications that incite violence against a person or group of people or that contain criminal content, such as incitement to pedophilia, are prohibited.

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