Telegram may be blocked in Brazil soon, according to experts

Deepak Gupta
Deepak Gupta January 24, 2022
Updated 2022/01/24 at 2:45 PM

Apparently the situation is irreversible for the telegram, which should be blocked in Brazil. The messenger is the target of investigations on the spread of fake news, hate speech and disinformation. But, without responding to the Brazilian authorities, the messenger is now the focus of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) and is in the crosshairs of at least two investigations, one by the Federal Police and another by the Federal Public Ministry.

According to investigators in the civil and criminal sphere who work in the investigation of the case, there is no way out other than blocking Telegram in the country. One of the reasons would be the lack of contact from those responsible for the application, which would make it impossible to apply fines and recommendations. The purpose of the blockade would be to force the Russians to dialogue with the Brazilian government.

It is important to note that at no time did the prosecutors ask for access to private conversations, but rather to understand how the platform’s moderation tools work.

And it is not only in Brazil that Telegram is the target of investigation. In Germany, for example, the authorities began to consider suspending the tool to fight extremism after not getting a response from contacts made with the company.

Telegram’s headquarters are currently located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Telegram team had to leave Russia due to local IT regulations and tried several locations as their base including Berlin, London and Singapore.

Fight fake news

Brazilian government bodies such as the TSE, the Federal Police and the Public Ministry are in a real fight against fake news this year of presidential elections. Recently, Twitter announced the arrival of a tool that will allow Brazilian users to report fake news posts on the platform. This happened thanks to the pressure that the social network faced from the community to implement the service.

In addition, the agencies contacted other social networks and messengers, such as Facebook, WhatsApp and TikTok to understand the mechanisms they are making available. All of them have cooperated and answered questions, except Telegram.


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Via: Folha de S.Paulo

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