Telegram joins Brazil Electoral Court program to fight fake news

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March 25 (Reuters) – Messaging app Telegram on Friday signed an agreement to join a program created by Brazil’s electoral tribunal to tackle misinformation ahead of the country’s presidential election in October, the tribunal said on its website. .

Telegram was the only major messaging and social media app that had yet to enter into a partnership with the court.

“The purpose of the partnership is to fight against false content related to electoral justice, the electronic voting system, the electoral process in its different phases and the actors involved in it,” the court note states.

On Thursday, local Telegram representative Alan Campos Elias Thomaz said he would deliver the proposal to company executives, adding that the app pledged to fight “fake news”.

The app was suspended by Brazil’s Supreme Court last week for noncompliance, but the measure was revoked on Sunday.

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Report by Alexandre Caverni; Written by Peter Frontini; Editing by Sandra Maler

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