WhatsApp confirms that 2018 election had mass messaging | Brazil

The Brazilian presidential election in 2018 featured mass shootings of messages. The information had been revealed last year by Folha de S.Paulo and has now been confirmed by the messaging service itself.

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According to leaf, WhatsApp’s public policy and global elections manager, Ben Supple, said that in the last Brazilian election, “there were companies that provided massive messaging services, which violated our terms of use to reach a large number of people.

The statement was made during the Gabo Festival, held in Medellín, Colombia. The executive also said that the company already expected that its application would be used to disseminate false information in the Brazilian election.

“We always knew that the Brazilian election would be a challenge. It was a very polarized election and the conditions were ideal for the dissemination of disinformation ”, said Supple, at the event, still according to the leaf.

He informed that the use of the messenger for political campaigns is allowed as long as the terms of use, which prohibit mass shooting, are respected. Supple also pointed out that this year, the company sent teams to monitor the elections in India, Indonesia and the European Parliament.

In addition, the executive recalled that the platform has adopted measures to prevent mass messaging. He reiterated the information that WhatsApp has banned about 2 million accounts per month around the world.

In 2018, reports indicated that companies were hired in the electoral period to send massive political messages in favor of today’s president Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) and the then candidate Fernando Haddad (PT).

To Tecnoblog, WhatsApp claimed to have announced even before the second round last year’s election that banned hundreds of thousands of accounts for attempting mass or automated content delivery in the election period.

“So do we we notify companies who claimed to offer mass mailing services, a violation of our terms of service. We are always working to improve our systems to prevent abuse on WhatsApp, ”said the company, in a note.

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