PGR goes to the STF against the TSE resolution on fake news in the elections

In the document, Augusto Aras advocated improving the fight against disinformation, but argued that no institution has a monopoly on the truth.

Antonio Augusto / Secom / PGRPGR headquarters building in Brasilia
After the drawing of lots, the relator of the action will be the High Minister Edson Fachin

THE Office of the Attorney General (PGR) caused Federal Court of Justice (STF) requesting that the Court suspend part of the decision Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) that strive to expedite the removal of disinformation content and fake news on social networks during the election period. After the draw, the minister Edson Fachin will be the relator of the action. For the General Prosecutor of the Republic, Augusto Aras, who signed the request, the best “vaccine” against misinformation is information. PGR also emphasized that no institution has a “monopoly” on the truth. In electoral disputes, in the first place, it is the candidates and the parties themselves who, in the face of concrete illegal actions, must provoke the electoral jurisdiction, demanding the right of reply, which is the rebalancing mechanism par excellence in electoral campaigns”. , says Aras in the request. “We must move forward, seeking the improvement of legal, procedural and technical instruments in the fight against misinformation on the Internet, especially in the electoral process”, says Aras, who also emphasizes: “This improvement, however, must be done. without disaster, in the democratically legitimated for these solutions, which is the parliament, at the right time”. Among other things, the resolution provides that false content can be removed without the need for legal proceedings.

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