TSE may punish candidates who spread fake news | Brazil

The Superior Electoral Court (TSE) is already discussing the rules for the 2020 municipal elections. One of the points in debate involves the sharing of fake news, which marked the election of 2018. In order to try to reduce the spread of false news, the agency wants to hold responsible candidates for practice.

TSE may punish candidates who spread fake news (Photo: Elza Fiúza / ABr)

The measure appeared in a draft TSE on electoral advertising and prohibited conduct during the next campaign. Article 9 of the document indicates that candidates and parties may be punished if they contribute to disinformation.

“The use, in the electoral propaganda of any modality, of information conveyed by third parties assumes that the candidate, the party or the coalition has checked the veracity and reliability of the information”, says the excerpt.

If you share a false news and are unable to demonstrate “the use of sources of notorious credibility”, the campaign may be required by the Electoral Court to guarantee the right of response to an opponent who feels offended.

The document will still be discussed in a public hearing of the TSE scheduled for November 27 and may be improved with suggestions that are collected. It is part of a list of agency resolutions for the next municipal elections.

The instructions are under the report of the minister of the TSE, Luís Roberto Barroso, who is also part of the Supreme Federal Court (STF). The content needs to be approved by the end of this year in the TSE plenary to be valid in the 2020 elections.

The inclusion of the section on false news should guide electoral judges of the first instance, who will analyze local processes. It is worth remembering that the TSE joined companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter to combat fake news.

According to the agency, the companies “pledged to actively act to discourage actions of proliferation of false information and to improve tools to verify eventual practices of dissemination of disinformation”.

With information: Folha de S.Paulo.

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