Fake News Risks Plaguing Brazil Elections, Top Fact-Checkers Say


Ahead of its presidential election, Brazil is considering the same ban on fake news — however it chooses to define it — suggested recently by French President Emmanuel Macron. 

Brazil’s electoral authorities are moving to tackle the problem. Luiz Fux, incoming president of the country’s electoral tribunal, will create a task force comprised of various authorities to combat the proliferation of fake news and draft a bill to curb the practice, local media reported. A law Congress approved last year also aims to fine internet users who publish content aimed at influencing the election under a false identity.


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