Brazilian court fines Facebook for not blocking Bolsonaro supporters | NOW

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The Brazilian Supreme Court fined Facebook on Friday 1.92 million reais, about 312,000 euros. Facebook has not complied with a previous court order to block certain accounts of supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro worldwide.

The court previously ruled that Facebook should block the accounts in a case of the spreading of disinformation by Bolsonaro’s followers. The action was intended to prevent the accounts from being “used to commit possible criminal acts,” the judge said.

Facebook and Twitter initially appeared to comply with the order, but on Thursday Judge Alexandre de Moraes ruled that Facebook and Twitter did not follow orders to block the accounts. The accounts were only blocked within Brazil. The accounts were still accessible with foreign IP addresses.

Facebook therefore has to pay a fine of 1.92 million reais. Every day that Facebook does not comply with the order, an additional 100,000 reais is added. It is not clear whether Twitter will receive a similar fine.

Both Facebook and Twitter appeal against blocking the accounts. Bolsonaro also announced earlier this week that his government would take legal action against blocking the accounts.

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