Poynter: With money from Facebook, this Brazilian fact-checker created a Messenger bot for the election

Poynter: With money from Facebook, this Brazilian fact-checker created a Messenger bot for the election. “Six months ahead of the Brazilian election, one fact-checker is using support from Facebook to better reach its readers. The project, called ‘Projeto Lupe!’, allows people to ask for verified information on everything from candidate statements to viral fake news stories — all by sending Agência Lupa a message on Facebook, which has about 125 million monthly users in Brazil.”

TorrentFreak: YouTuber Convicted For Publishing Video Piracy ‘Tutorials’

TorrentFreak: YouTuber Convicted For Publishing Video Piracy ‘Tutorials’. “A YouTuber in Brazil has been prosecuted and fined for publishing videos that explain how people can pirate content online using IPTV devices. A TV industry group took exception to the man’s tutorials and the Court agreed they served no other purpose than to help people infringe copyright.”

BBC News: Inside the world of Brazil’s social media cyborgs

BBC News: Inside the world of Brazil’s social media cyborgs. “‘I used to spend the whole day in front of the computer, starting early in the morning,’ says 21-year-old Pedro from the city of Vitoria, in south-eastern Brazil….It might sound like an average day for an ordinary young social media user, but Pedro (not his real name) is actually describing his time as a ‘cyborg’, someone who is paid to run fake social media accounts to influence public opinion.

Knight Center: Brazil prepares fight against fake news ahead of national elections

Knight Center: Brazil prepares fight against fake news ahead of national elections. “The fight against fake news will likely be a priority for several Brazilian governmental entities as the country faces national elections in the coming year. The National Congress, the Superior Electoral Court, Army and Federal Police have already stressed the importance of reducing fake news commonly disseminated on social networks in order to prevent negative influence on the contests for the president, governors, congressmen and senators.”

Research: Hyperlocal news pages on Facebook cover areas of Rio de Janeiro traditionally ignored by media (Knight Center)

Knight Center: Research: Hyperlocal news pages on Facebook cover areas of Rio de Janeiro traditionally ignored by media. “Although the promise the internet would be a way to create a global village has, to some extent, been achieved, digital media have also allowed the production of hyperlocalized and hyperspecialized information. In Brazil, where 66 percent of the population is connected to the Internet, social networks have allowed the creation of hyperlocal media – pages and groups that focus on a neighborhood, a place or even a street.”

Reuters: Bunge, partners launch Brazil database to combat deforestation

Reuters: Bunge, partners launch Brazil database to combat deforestation. “Bunge Inc and partners on Tuesday launched an online database aimed at helping companies make investment and purchasing decisions that discourage farmers from cutting down trees for arable land. The Portuguese-language database … currently has data on Brazil’s Cerrado and will later include the Amazon region. The information can be used to assess the social and environmental risks of contributing to deforestation through soybean planting expansion in Brazil, the world’s largest exporter of the oilseeds.”