Brazil’s Free-Speech Battle

Though Brazil’s constitution protects free speech, the country’s laws against anonymity and defamation have been increasingly used by celebrities, companies and government officials to censor their critics. Brazil lacks protections, common elsewhere, which free Internet service providers from responsibility over user-generated content.

In 2012, the same year Brazilians became among the world’s top users on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, Google said it was asked to remove 756 pieces of election-related content alone. Brazil also topped the list of countries in Twitter’s transparency report for the first half of 2013, with 10 court orders and government agency requests to remove content.

Read more, including about Brazilian Youtuber Otario Anonymous and an author whose biography on Brazilian singer Roberto Carlos was banned, here: Brazilians on Social Media at Fore of Free-Speech Battle


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