Telegram Joins Brazilian Electoral Court’s Anti-Fake News Program

FILE PHOTO: Illustration of a 3D printed Telegram logo on a computer motherboard
FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed Telegram logo is placed on a computer motherboard in this January 21, 2021 illustration. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

March 25, 2022

(Reuters) – Messaging app Telegram on Friday signed an agreement to participate in a program created by Brazil’s electoral court to combat misinformation ahead of the country’s presidential election in October, the court said on its website.

Telegram was the only remaining major messaging and social networking app not yet partnered with the court.

“The purpose of the partnership is to combat fake content related to electoral justice, the e-voting system, the electoral process at its various stages and the actors involved,” the court said in a statement.

On Thursday, Telegram’s local representative, Alan Campos Elias Thomaz, said he would take the proposal to company executives, adding that the app is committed to fighting “fake news”.

The app was suspended by Brazil’s Supreme Court last week for non-compliance, but the measure was revoked on Sunday.

(Reporting by Alexandre Caverni; Writing by Peter Frontini; Editing by Sandra Maler) Telegram Joins Brazilian Electoral Court’s Anti-Fake News Program

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