After having returned the MP, the government says that the proposal wants to “establish guidelines” for providers to do the moderation, but it would not prevent the removal of content:
After having his provisional measure that made it difficult to remove posts on social networks returned by Congress, President Jair Bolsonaro sent again a text to parliamentarians with the same principles, but now in the form of a bill.
In a note sent by the General Secretariat of the Presidency, the government affirms that the intention of the proposal is to “establish guidelines” for social network providers to moderate content, but it would not prevent the removal of posts.
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In addition, the provider will, according to the project, be obliged to notify the user of the removal and have channels for the decision to be challenged.
The full text of the project was not presented by Palacio do Planalto.
Unlike the MP, which comes into force at the time of its publication, the bill will now have to be analyzed and approved by deputies and senators before it will start to take effect. However, the proposal should not have an easy life in Congress. When approving the new electoral code, last week, deputies chose to remove from the text articles that dealt with the same theme.
Likewise, the pressure for the president of the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco (DEM-MG), came from parliamentarians to return the provisional measure sent by Bolsonaro.
The text of the MP, published on the eve of the September 7 acts called by the president, foresaw the need for “just cause” to remove content and prohibited the removal of publications for what could be considered “political, ideological, scientific censorship, artistic or religious”.
The text was tailor-made to try to protect supporters of Bolsonaro, who has been the target of social media moderation by publications in support of a coup d’etat, against vaccines and that spread false news or disinformation.