Al Jazeera: In Brazil, Twitter users fear effect of Musk’s rule

Al Jazeera: In Brazil, Twitter users fear effect of Musk’s rule. “It was Easter, and Lola Aronovich, a Brazilian literature professor, was enjoying a break at a beach with no internet access, totally unaware of the defamation campaign being orchestrated against her on Twitter. That day in April 2015, the son of Geraldo Alckmin, the former São Paulo governor and currently Brazil’s vice-president-elect, tragically died in a helicopter crash. Aronovich saw the events unfold on TV and headed home three days later – only to find thousands of vitriolic posts directed at her on Twitter for something she hadn’t done.”

Bloomberg: Brazil’s loudest election deniers are kicked off social media

Bloomberg: Brazil’s loudest election deniers are kicked off social media. “Even as Jair Bolsonaro begins to give up power, his staunchest supporters refuse to accept defeat in Brazil’s presidential election, crying foul on the Internet and in the streets. For nearly two weeks they’ve protested President-elect Luiz Inacio da Silva’s Oct. 30 victory, rallying around unproven claims of fraud. And the most social-media savvy are blasting conspiracies about vote rigging to millions of followers. Electoral authorities are hitting back.”

Bleeping Computer: US, Brazil seize 272 websites used to illegally download music

Bleeping Computer: US, Brazil seize 272 websites used to illegally download music. “The domains of six websites that streamed and provided illegal downloads of copyrighted music were seized by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Department of Justice. 266 other websites part of the same network were also taken down in Brazil, with six individuals arrested in 30 search and seizure raids across the country.”

Gilberto Gil: Our largest retrospective of a living artist (Google Blog)

Google Blog: Gilberto Gil: Our largest retrospective of a living artist. “Gilberto Gil, the Brazilian singer, songwriter and cultural icon, once said that ‘Brazil was, is, and will be in fashion.’… To celebrate Gil’s 80th birthday, Google Arts & Culture is launching the largest online retrospective dedicated to a living artist. In The Rhythm of Gil, you’ll find a wealth of unique material – including an album believed to be lost forever, over 140 stories, over 900 newly digitized videos and tapes, and exclusive illustrations by artist Raiana Britto.”

NiemanLab: Should Google pay for news in Brazil? It’s complicated

NiemanLab: Should Google pay for news in Brazil? It’s complicated. “No solution is ideal. The worst thing that journalists can do, however, is to step aside and let media owners and platforms decide among themselves. The solution should not allow Big Tech to remain free and unregulated, nor should it force it to pay the same media owners that have lobbied against diversity in media. Somewhere in between — and with ample and public and transparent debate — there is a middle ground to be found.”

Poynter: In Brazil, Telegram adds measures to block misleading information ahead of elections

Poynter: In Brazil, Telegram adds measures to block misleading information ahead of elections. “Telegram was evading emails from Brazilian authorities for months, until mid-March this year, when the Brazilian Supreme Court ruled to ban the application over misinformation concerns ahead of the country’s elections. Two days later, Telegram complied with the court’s requests, which included deleting a few of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s posts and suspending the account of one of his prominent acolytes. The court rescinded its embargo and not long after, Telegram and the Brazilian Electoral Court signed a cooperation agreement.”

AdWeek: Raça Magazine and FCB Brasil Launch Digital Tool to Amplify Black Voices

AdWeek: Raça Magazine and FCB Brasil Launch Digital Tool to Amplify Black Voices. “According to the publication and agency, on average, people use only 33 characters when they tweet, while the platform allows for up to 280 characters. The digital tool automatically fills in the unused space with Black references and information matching the topic someone is tweeting about. The database of references is also based on 25 years of articles published on Raça Magazine.”

New York Times: I Followed Some of Brazil’s Right-Wing Telegram Groups. I Found a Tide of Madness.

New York Times: I Followed Some of Brazil’s Right-Wing Telegram Groups. I Found a Tide of Madness.. “In Brazil, fake news seems to be something that the population at large seems to fall victim to — Telegram just offers the sort of deepest rabbit hole you can go down. So I knew — from horrible, eye-sapping experience — that for many right-wing activists, fake news has become an article of faith, a weapon of war, the surest way of muddling the public discussion.”

ABC News: Rio’s dazzling Carnival parade resumes after pandemic hiatus

ABC News: Rio’s dazzling Carnival parade resumes after pandemic hiatus. ” Rio de Janeiro’s top samba schools began putting on their delayed Carnival parades late Friday, the first after a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19-pandemic. The schools colorful floats and flamboyant dancers began entering the Sambadrome grounds to parade before tens of thousands of fans on the first evening of the two-night spectacle.”

NewsWise: Brazilian study finds COVID-19 cases and deaths higher in areas with electoral support for President Bolsonaro

NewsWise: Brazilian study finds COVID-19 cases and deaths higher in areas with electoral support for President Bolsonaro. “In a study to be presented at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Lisbon, Portugal (23-26 April), researchers from Sociedade Mineira de Infectologia and Associação Mineira de Epidemiologia e Controle de Infecções show a correlation between the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s denialist attitude to COVID-19 and higher COVID-19 incidence and mortality.”

Reuters: Facebook takes down Brazil environmental disinformation network with ties to military

Reuters: Facebook takes down Brazil environmental disinformation network with ties to military. “Facebook owner Meta Platforms said on Thursday it had removed a network of social media accounts with ties to the Brazilian military that posed as fake nonprofits to play down the dangers of deforestation. Although the individuals involved in the network were active military personnel, Meta’s investigation did not find enough evidence to establish if they were following orders or acting independently, said a person with knowledge of the matter.”

Brazil-Arab News Agency: Get to know the memories of Arab immigration

Brazil-Arab News Agency: Get to know the memories of Arab immigration. “The Digitization Project of the Memory of Arab Immigration in Brazil has completed its first phase and makes available 100,000 digitized pieces. They include pictures and content written by Arab immigrants in their early years in Brazil….They are books pages, magazines, journals and pictures made by the Arab immigrants in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and are made available digitally. You can read the accounts and thoughts of the immigrants of the time.”

WIRED: Even the Pandemic Couldn’t Stop Button Soccer

WIRED: Even the Pandemic Couldn’t Stop Button Soccer. “WHILE THE PANDEMIC has hit the sports world hard globally, one Brazilian sport, which has been played in the country since at least the 1920s, has found a way to survive by streaming itself and connecting players on the internet. Called ‘button soccer,’ the premise of the game is very similar to that of regular soccer—11 players on each side competing to score goals with a ball—except it’s played on a table with buttons.”