Brazil Bans Telegram Over Disinformation Concerns

Brazil’s approach is significant for how it seeks to force Internet backbone companies to block Telegram’s web traffic. The policy also covers people who try to use the software to remove restrictions by routing their web traffic to other countries. Mr. De Moraes said anyone caught doing so would face a 20,000 fine.

Lucas Lago, a Brazilian software researcher, said the policy was “trying to attack on many fronts, so it might be possible.”

While misinformation on platforms is a major concern, many major news outlets, including the New York Times, use telegrams to deliver content.

Supporters of Shri. Bolsonaro immediately criticized the ban. Carla Zambeli, a Brazilian congresswoman and longtime supporter of the president, said on Twitter that the telegram was “the only current tool in which we have freedom of expression” and that Mr. De Mores a “tyrant.”

Senator Humberto Costa, Mr. Left’s critic. Bolsonaro said: “Fake news has led to a decline in the stock market. The Bolsonaro lost part of their legacy of lies.

Delegates for Mr. Bolsonaro and Mr. De Moraes did not respond to requests for comment. Apple and Google declined to comment.

Ms. Otse, a professor at the University of Maryland, said the telegram has become known for ignoring government orders and requests for data. Yet she added that since the telegram is very popular in Brazil with the right wing, the order can be understood as a biased move.

“On the one hand, it’s understandable that your media wants to regulate the space, and platforms like this exacerbate existing problems,” she said. “On the other hand, it can be understood as unfair because it targets a certain group of people.”

Andre Spigariol Leonardo Coelho from Brasilia, Brazil and Rio de Janeiro contributed to the report.

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