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The Conversation: How Jair Bolsonaro used ‘fake news’ to win power
Journalism and Digital Media 11 January 2019
In his article, Dr Bracho-Polanco explained how Bolsonaro heavily relied on social media, during his campaign, and more specifically on the platform WhatsApp which includes 120 million active users in Brazil.
Dr Bracho-Polanco particularly denounced the use and creation of hundreds of WhatsApp groups circulating misinforming and misleading content against Bolsonaro’s political rivals.
Concluding, he said: “Bolsonaro’s litany of racist, homophobic, sexist and xenophobic comments is long and well documented – and sadly, the president’s discourse of falsehood and his distribution of misinforming content via social media has not stopped with his election.
“Ironically, having promised during his inaugural speech to steer the country ‘without discrimination and division’, Bolsonaro followed this with a threat to cut government advertising funds to any outlet that he judged to have spread fake news about himself or his policies.”
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