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The Ban on Telegram Has Been Lifted in Brazil

According to The New York Times, Brazil’s ban on Telegram has been removed after the country’s Supreme Court prohibited the messaging app on Friday for failing to comply with court instructions.

After Telegram made several changes to help keep misinformation at bay in Brazil, including removing classified information shared by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and deleting accounts belonging to Allan dos Santos, an activist and Bolsonaro supporter accused of spreading disinformation, the court reversed its ban.

Telegram has promised to flag postings that contain incorrect information and encourage those that have accurate information. According to the New York Times, its workers will also keep a close eye on Brazil’s top 100 networks.

Telegram, which has over 1.1 million users, has been a preferred method of communication for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is now under investigation for leaking police data and has previously been accused of distributing fake information.

President Bolsonaro’s opponent, Supreme Court Judge Alexandre de Moraes, ordered the app’s suspension, which lasted only two days. As Telegram CEO Pavel Durov says, his business didn’t respond sooner because it was investigating the situation.

Joe Wallace
Joe Wallace
Joe Wallace is a reporter with over two decades of experience, writing about the latest and greatest technology news. With the most experience on TheOptic team, Joe strives to help highlight the most exciting developments in the technology world, as well as bring you the latest updates on new and developing technologies from around the world.
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