Brazil Senate President Killed Bolsonaro’s Social Media Decree, Says Source

Brazilian President Bolsonaro looking during a ceremony in Brasilia
FILE PHOTO: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a ceremony at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil September 14, 2021. Reuters / Adriano Machado

September 14, 2021

by Maria Carolina Marcello

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s Senate leader Rodrigo Pacheco has refused to listen to President Jair Bolsonaro’s decree that limits the social network’s power to remove content, invalidating the measure, on Tuesday of the situation. A source with knowledge said.

Last week, Bolsonaro signed off on a temporary measure that required congressional approval to become law, changing internet rules to counter the “arbitrary removal” of accounts, profiles and content. The decree, the presidential office said, aimed to protect “freedom of expression”, but was met with widespread opposition.

(Editing by Gabriel Stargarder and Leslie Adler)


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