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Electoral Court Issues First Decision on Fake News Concerning the Coming Election
06/08/2018 - 10h44
FROM SÃO PAULO
The Superior Electoral Court (TSE) decided on Thursday (the 7th) that "exaggerated and effusive headlines containing untruthful information about [presidential] candidate Marina Silva" will have to be taken down from the internet in the next 48 hours.
The TSE sided with the presidential candidate and her political party Rede, demanding that a Facebook page take down fake news accusing the former senator of being investigated in Operation Car Wash (Lava Jato).
|Presidential candidate Marina Silva|
In his decision, Justice Sérgio Silveira Banhos said that "the information is not backed by any evidence and merely states facts without providing sources or references".
According to the TSE, this is the first decision that the court has made when it comes to fake news and the 2018 elections.
This is the first time that an injunction has been issued based on a 2017 resolution that regulates this year's elections and electoral advertisements that are considered to be fake news.
According to the court's press office, there are other similar cases being examined in the TSE, but the lawsuits are connected to other political races.
The Court has set up an advisory committee for this year's elections whose goal is to discuss strategies to combat fake news on the internet concerning the elections.
Angela Boldrini contributed from Brasília.
Translated by THOMAS MATHEWSON