Brazil will not block Telegram’s national platform – that’s what the company is doing
The Supreme Federal Court of Brazil decided this Sunday to revoke the request to block the Telegram messaging platform after a judge ordered its disqualification in Brazilian territory at the end of last week.
The request had been made by magistrate Alexandre de Moraes, who argued that the company “no longer collaborated with the authorities to combat disinformation.
However, just over 48 hours later, that higher instance of the Brazilian Justice annulled said resolution since, as reported, the social network had complied with the requirements to avoid the blockade.
Telegram is the platform most used by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
“Considering compliance with the comprehensive care of the decisions made, I revoke the entire decision and totally suspend the operation of Telegram in Brazil”, indicates the ruling of Alexandre de Moraes.
Last Saturday, the judge gave Telegram 24 hours to appoint legal representatives in Brazil, in addition to the commitment to adhere to local legislation.
The legal requirements requested were answered by the company this Sunday afternoon , which managed to reverse the suspension of its activity in Brazil.
What determined the revoked blocking order
Judge Alexandre de Moraes stated last Friday that Telegram had “stopped responding to court orders” on several occasions and determined “the complete and comprehensive suspension of Telegram’s operation in Brazil.” The popular platform is installed in 53% of cell phones in the country according to the Superior Electoral Court.
The order, which was issued as a precaution, was a response from Justice to the non-compliance by those responsible for Telegram with numerous subpoenas in processes that investigate the massive dissemination of false news in Brazil, which are precisely in charge of Judge De Moraes.
“The Telegram application is notoriously known for its non-cooperative stance with judicial and police authorities of several countries” and it comes to use that “attitude” as an “advantage in relation to other communication systems,” De Moraes indicated in the document in which which justified the precautionary measure.
The importance of Telegram in Brazil has increased since it became the main messaging medium used by the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro.
From its use, many of the groups that support it began to migrate to this service after several of their content was blocked on other platforms for lying or offensive .
Telegram resists in Russia
The platform, like WhatsApp, got around Russia’s blockade unlike some of the world’s biggest social networks, in a subtle tolerance that experts warn could end suddenly.
Telegram is the most criticized for its lax policies Regarding content: it offers the Russian authorities a forum to promote narratives related to their internationally condemned military incursion.
In addition, it became an essential space to exchange news about the war, with accelerated growth caused by the Kremlin’s crackdown on independent media and the blocking of applications such as Facebook and Instagram.
Russia still operates accounts on platforms like Facebook, despite the blockade of domestic service However, the Silicon Valley giant removed posts from Moscow pages that contained misinformation about the offensive in Ukraine.