After Vote, Brazilians Lash Out on Social Media

A day after President Dilma Rousseff squeaked out a close electoral victory, Brazilian voters vented their frustrations one way they know best: on social media.

Online debates between supporters of the president and her unsuccessful rival Aécio Neves were hostile, in a country with one of the world’s deepest penetration of social-media use.

Many Neves supporters, hailing largely from Brazil’s wealthier south, joked they would be packing their bags to flee to Miami or Orlando. Some posted images showing Brazil divided into two, with the poorer northeastern states which supported Ms. Rousseff hived off into a separate country.

The reactions underscored the divisiveness of the elections, which were the closest in Brazilian history.

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Internet Now Key in Brazilian Politics

The swift pace with which lower-income Brazilians are embracing the Internet and social media is roiling this year’s presidential campaign.

For the first time in Brazilian presidential politics, online campaigning is a major factor, as the candidates battle ahead of Sunday’s vote.

Brazil has more than 85 million Internet users today, nearly double the number in the 2010 presidential election and six times more than in 2006, according to research firm comScore.

Read more here: Internet a Key Factor in Brazil Campaign.