One of the bigger pro-Bolsonaro Telegram groups was suspended by the messaging app due to sharing “illegal content”, as reported The globe this Tuesday (10). It is the channel entitled “SUPER GRUPO B-38 OFFICIAL”, which has more than 67 thousand participants.
According to the newspaper, the last messages exchanged by members of the group favorable to President Jair Bolsonaro were recorded on Friday (6). The content shared on the platform ranges from messages in support of the federal government to misinformation about the electoral system and vaccines against covid-19, among other topics.
Anyone who tries to access the group on the competing WhatsApp app sees an automatic message informing them that “this group has been temporarily suspended to give its moderators time to clean it up after a user has posted illegal content”. The messenger, however, does not inform which material posted would have led to the penalty.
The messaging app was almost suspended in Brazil for failing to take action against posting misinformation.Source: shutterstock
The text displayed by Telegram, on the home screen of the temporarily blocked channel, also states that the Bolsonarista group can be reopened “as soon as order is restored”. However, the service does not provide further details regarding the deadline for the end of the block.
The temporary suspension of the “OFFICIAL B-38 SUPER GROUP” from Telegram takes place shortly after the messenger is accused of breaching the agreement to combat fake news signed with the Superior Electoral Court (TSE). In March, the platform pledged to present an action plan to stop the posting of disinformation on the app, after it was almost suspended in Brazil.
According The globe, the deadline for the submission of these measures has already expired and the messaging service has not manifested itself to the agency, so far, failing to confirm what will be done. Monitoring the most popular groups in the country, especially those with a political theme, was one of the promises.
The publication made a survey indicating that most of these channels still broadcast false content about the electoral process, especially in relation to the functioning of the electronic voting machine. The use of masks to contain the spread of covid-19 and the vaccine effectiveness against the disease caused by new coronavirus are other topics widely shared by users.
At least 16 posts that could be considered as fake news were found by the search based on the 100 Telegram channels with the most followers in Brazil. The study took into account the posts made in these groups between March 20 and May 6, according to the report.