Brazil’s Supreme Court judge has ordered the disabling of the Telegram chat processor. According to Judge Alexandre de Moraes, the application has repeatedly been denied in accordance with court orders to prevent the dissemination of false information or accounts that do not comply with the laws of the land.
The order is seen as a major setback for right-wing populist President Bolsanaro, who has a million followers in the Telegram and is using the application extensively for his campaign for re-election in October. Bolzano calls this statement “unacceptable.”
According to Judge de Moraes, the Telegram did not comply with a request from the police to block profiles and messages linked to blogger Alan Dos Santos. He was from Bolsanaro’s circle and was accused of spreading false information.
Also, Telegram has no legal representative in Brazil and other chat service providers have such a representative. The judge says the idea to stop the processor came from the federal police.
De Moraes issued an arrest warrant in October for Dos Sands, who now lives in the United States. The judge’s decision is “based solely on what de Moraes wants,” the blogger told the pro-Bolsanaro channel. “There comes a time when he has to stop or be stopped,” he said. “I do not think Brazilians will accept these atrocities.”
Pavel Drove, one of the founders of the Telegram, claims that there is miscommunication. According to him, the Supreme Court used the old, common email address to contact Telegram. Telegram still asks the court to adjourn the verdict for a few days, in accordance with the judge’s requests.
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