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Brazil Senate OKs False Online Content Bill Over Privacy Qualms

July 1, 2020, 5:48 PM

Brazil’s Senate approved legislation aimed at limiting false information on social media, despite the objections of privacy advocates, Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Twitter Inc.

Brazil could prosecute people for spreading fallacious material with prison sentences of up to five years if content poses risks to economic or social peace, under the proposal senators approved 44-32 Tuesday.

The bill’s passage shows that political leaders in Brazil, like those in the U.S. and other countries, are frustrated with online information they view as false and damaging. The legislation still needs the approval of the lower chamber of Congress.

The “principal concern from...

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