Facebook, YouTube remove content backing Brazil attack

Facebook parent meta and GoogleThe video platform YouTube said it would remove content that supported or glorified the looting of Brazilian government buildings over the weekend by anti-democratic demonstrators.

tens of thousands of supporters Brazilfar-right ex-president of Jair Bolsonaro They smashed the windows of the presidential palace, flooded parts of Congress with sprinkler systems, and looted the Supreme Court chambers for over three hours.

A Meta spokesperson said, “Ahead of the election, we have temporarily designated Brazil as a high-risk site where people may take up arms or force their way into parliament, the presidential palace and other federal buildings. We have removed the content that calls for doing things like that.”

“We are also designating this as a violation event, which means we will remove content that endorses or glorifies these actions,” he said. “We are actively monitoring the situation and will continue to remove content that violates our policies.”

left wing president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva took office on January 1 after the defeat Bolsonaro October’s run-off election marked the end of Brazil’s far-right government for the first time in decades.

Bolsonaro has refused to concede defeat, with some supporters claiming the election was stolen and people taking to social media and messaging platforms from Twitter. telegram Send TikToks to YouTube and Facebook to organize protests.

A YouTube spokesperson told Reuters the video-sharing company was “closely following” the situation in Brazil and that the social media platform had been ordered to block users accused of supporting the attack. Told.

“Our Trust and Safety team removes content that violates our Community Guidelines, such as live streams and videos that incite violence,” the spokesperson said.

“Additionally, our systems display authoritative content prominently on our homepage, at the top of search results, and in our recommendations. We will remain vigilant as the situation becomes clearer.”

“Proactive Monitoring”

A Telegram representative said the private messaging app is working with the Brazilian government and fact-checking groups to prevent the spread of content that incites violence.

“Telegram is a platform that supports free speech and the right to peaceful protest. However, calls for violence are expressly prohibited on our platform,” the spokesperson said.

“Our moderators use a combination of active monitoring on the public portion of our platform, in addition to accepting reports from users, to remove such content.”

TikTok and Twitter did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

After Elon Musk bought the company in October, Twitter’s Brazilian staff was cut significantly, according to a person familiar with the matter. Among them were eight employees who oversaw trending topics and helped add context to tweets labeled as misinformation.

Messages seen by Reuters throughout the week said members of such groups organized meeting points in several cities across the country, from where chartered buses departed to Brasilia, with the intention of occupying public buildings. It was showing that

Social media companies have been criticized for not doing enough when supporters of former President Donald Trump broke into the US Capitol two years ago. Platforms such as Facebook and Alphabet’s YouTube have said they are working to remove misleading information about elections and voting.

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