Brazil: Campaign Threatens Journos, Spreads Fake News

Brazil's presidential election is being marred by disinformation and attacks on the press by supporters of far-right candidate and poll leader Jair Bolsonaro. Facebook has shut down over 100,000 WhatsApp accounts for spreading conspiracy theories about Bolsonaro’s opponent, leftist candidate Fernando Haddad. Journalists reporting on the misinformation campaign are being threatened and attacked by Bolsonaro supporters, while reporters for a major media company that supports him are being censored.

Source: Vox

Posted on: October 27, 2018