Facebook removed 73 accounts connected to people in president Jair Bolsonaro's cabinet, sons, and associates. Some of these accounts promoted hate and political attacks.
Facebook removed 35 Facebook accounts and 38 Instagram accounts, which, according to the company, manipulated the platform before and after Bolsonaro became president. This included creating fictitious people who passed for reporters.
The social media platform identified pages and accounts with offensive content toward political adversaries connected to Tércio Arnaud Tomaz, 31, a special assistant for the President. He is part of the group called the "cabinet of hate."
The group, named that by councilperson Carlol Bolsonaro and installed in the Planalto Palace, is responsible for Bolsonaro's digital strategy. Folha revealed its existence last year.
The Planalto assistant did not comment. In a note, senator Flávio Bolsonaro said he was unable to judge the profiles that Facebook deleted. Carlos and Tércio Tomaz did not respond.
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon