Brazil’s Supreme Court on Sunday quashed an order suspending the use of messaging app Telegram in the country after the company filed court requests to block accounts that allegedly spread misinformation, according to a statement on the court’s website. was complied with.
On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes ordered the suspension, saying Telegram had repeatedly refused to comply with judicial orders to freeze accounts spreading fake news or to comply with the laws of the country.
Telegram founder Pavel Durov responded by apologizing for the company’s “negligence” in responding to court orders.
Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro and his supporters have increasingly relied on Telegram as a form of mass communication as big tech companies such as Meta, which owns the messaging app WhatsApp, Alphabet’s Google, and Twitter, have reportedly removed objectionable accounts over the outbreak. The orders of the Supreme Court to leave have been complied with. Misinformation.
Moraes gave Telegram a Sunday deadline to comply with his orders, which included freezing accounts related to Alan dos Santos, an activist linked to Bolsonaro.
In the Supreme Court statement, Moraes said that Telegram had shown “full compliance.”
“I rescind the decision to completely suspend Telegram’s operations in Brazil,” he said.
Telegram has appointed Alan Campos Elias Thomaz as its legal representative in Brazil, the court statement said, fulfilling an important request.
Moraes’ move sparked a debate about freedom of speech in the latest chapter in the fight for justice with Bolsonaro and his allies in politically polarized Brazil.
Justice is leading a series of Supreme Court investigations into Bolsonaro and his supporters for the spread of fake news – the investigation has rightly angered many and raised questions about judicial redundancy.
Bolsonaro called the suspension “unacceptable”.
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