Twitter Blocks Accounts of Bolsonaro Supporters after Supreme Court Mandate

Influencers, business leaders and politicians who support President Jair Bolsonaro and are facing a fake news investigation had their twitter accounts taken down

The Twitter accounts of influencers, business leaders, and politicians who support President Jair Bolsonaro (without a party) were taken down internationally on Thursday (30).

After Supreme Federal Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes's decision, they were blocked in Brazil on Friday (24). However, shortly afterward, the Bolsonarists and their followers changed the location settings for other countries and continued to post messages without blocking, as revealed by Folha.

The supporters cursed the Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes the same day on social media - Reprodução

Activist Sara Giromini, known as Sara Winter, leader of an extreme right-wing armed group, cursed the Supreme Court Justice the same day on social media. She called Moraes a “piroca head” and “shit dictator” in her blocked account for Brazil.

The fake news inquiry investigates the threats and dissemination of false news against members of the Supreme Court on social media. It represents one of the main points of tension between the Bolsonaro’s administration and the court.

Twitter says that Moraes' order is disproportionate from the perspective of freedom of expression and announced that it will appeal.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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