Facebook puts global block on Brazil’s Bolsonaro supporters

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Facebook (FB.O) said on Saturday it has put a global block on certain accounts controlled by supporters of Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro implicated in a fake news inquiry, a day after it was fined for not complying with a Supreme Court judge’s order to do so.

FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

A spokesperson for Facebook said the order was “extreme” and threatens “freedom of expression outside of Brazil’s jurisdiction”, but said the company has agreed to the order.

“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 that Facebook and Twitter (

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Brazil’s TIM says M&A not only option, plans fiber unit spinoff

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazilian wireless carrier TIM Participacoes SA can thrive even if its joint bid for Oi’s mobile assets fails, Chief Executive Pietro Labriola said on Thursday, as the company foresees better results despite the pandemic.

“This potential transaction is not a do or die situation and we have conditions to thrive regardless of the outcome of this competitive process,” Labriola told analysts and investors on a call on second-quarter results.

TIM Participacoes and rivals Telefonica Brasil SA and America Movil’s Claro on Monday night raised their joint offer to acquire Oi’s mobile assets, including spectrum, to 16.5 billion reais ($3.20 billion) after the bankrupt carrier entered exclusive talks with another bidder.

“The deal is especially important for TIM, which would extract sizable synergies and potentially close the spectrum gap to its peers,” analysts at BTG Pactual said in a report.

But Labriola cited other options to add

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Communication collapse: Inside Facebook’s tussle with Brazil’s central bank

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) – Allowing millions of Brazilian users of Facebook’s WhatsApp to send money as easily as texts seemed a golden opportunity for the world’s largest social media company.

FILE PHOTO: Brazil’s Central Bank President Roberto Campos Neto speaks near Brazil’s Economy Minister Paulo Guedes while leaving Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Brazil April 27, 2020. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/File Photo

The ubiquitous messaging service was finally entering the financial services arena with a payment service in Latin America’s largest economy, after years of questions over how Facebook would make money from it.

The June launch, years in the planning, was meant to be the pilot for a potential global rollout – but eight days after going live, the central bank pulled the plug on it.

The shock decision underscores the challenge for Facebook in trying to win over financial regulators and the complexities facing watchdogs in assessing the risks of letting

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Facebook suspends disinformation network tied to staff of Brazil’s Bolsonaro

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc on Wednesday suspended a network of social media accounts it said were used to spread divisive political messages online by employees of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and two of his sons.

FILE PHOTO: Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro looks on after a meeting at the Ministry of Defense headquarters, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brasilia, Brazil, May 29 2020. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

The company said that despite efforts to disguise who was behind the activity, it had found links to the staff of two Brazilian lawmakers, as well as the president and his sons, Congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro and Senator Flavio Bolsonaro.

Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, said there was no evidence the politicians themselves had operated the accounts. “What we can prove is that employees of those offices are engaged on our platforms in this type of behaviour,” he told Reuters ahead of the

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