Facebook puts global block on Brazil’s Bolsonaro supporters

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Facebook said on Saturday it’s put a global block on accounts controlled by fans of Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro implicated in a news inquiry, a day after it was fined for not complying with a Supreme Court judge’s order to achieve that.

“Given the threat of criminal liability to a local employee, at this point we see no other alternative than complying with the decision by blocking the accounts globally, while we appeal to the Supreme Court,” the spokesperson said.

Justice Alexandre de Moraes had ruled on Thursday the Facebook and Twitter failed to comply with orders to obstruct the accounts because they were blocked in Brazil, but remained available with foreign IP addresses.

On Friday he dominated that Facebook must pay approximately $367,710 good for not complying and face further daily fines of 100,000 reais per day if it does not block the accounts in question worldwide.

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Ahead of the fine was announced, Facebook stated on Friday it would appeal the decision. The world’s largest social network said that it simplifies the laws of countries where it operates, but “Brazilian law recognises the limits of its jurisdiction.”

The judge’s fine just addressed Facebook’s non-compliance. It was not clear whether Twitter would face a good.

The judge initially decided in May to block 16 Twitter accounts and 12 Facebook accounts of Bolsonaro fans who’ve been linked into the spreading of bogus news throughout Brazil’s 2018 election.

The accounts had been blocked because of allegations that they violated laws.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Alexandre Caverni in Sao Paulo and Ricardo Brito in Brasilia. Editing by Daniel Wallis. Writing by Jamie McGeever.

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