According to Federal Police, the “Bolsonaronews” profile, which is maintained by Tércio Arnaud Tomaz, adviser to President Jair Bolsonaro and appointed as a member of the so-called “hate cabinet”, published uninformative messages about the disease Covid-19. The inauthentic page was also used to fire attacks on Bolsonaro's rivals.

The report from “Estado de S. Paulo” reported that the profile was used at Palácio do Planalto between 2018 and 2019, as well as the personal profile on Facebook of Tércio Arnaud Thomaz, and also at the Bolsonaro family house in Barra da Tijuca/ Rio de Janeiro, in 2018.


This information is from a report on the investigations of the investigation of undemocratic acts, which indicated 1.045 hits of inauthentic pages removed in June 2020 by Facebook in IPS numbers in public bodies.

The content posted in the “Bolsonaronews” account is in the report produced by the Atlantic Council, which supported the analysis of the Federal Police. Before going offline, the anonymous page had 492 followers and more than 11 publications on Instagram. For example, the account triggered false messages about Covid-19 by spreading hydroxychloroquine as an effective form of treatment against the virus.

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One case was in June 2020, in which the profile highlighted that Jair Bolsonaro had been talking about the use of hydroxychloroquine against Covid-19 since March. "If they had listened to him, many deaths would have been avoided," the post read, even though no research shows the remedy as efficient.

In addition, the page was used to attack opponents of the president through memes. Among the targets are former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, former ministers Sergio Moro and Henrique Mandetta, former mayor Rodrigo Maia (DEM-RJ), and former Rio governor Wilson Witzel.

This tactic of attacks is pointed out as a characteristic of the so-called “hate cabinet” that targeted institutions such as the Supreme Court (STF). In fact, most of the publications took place during business hours, indicating that Tércio used the accounts during work hours as an advisor to the president.

Another example, in 2018, a publication of a photo of federal deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro (PSL-SP) appears armed and the caption says "waiting for Boulos to arrive to invade dad's house", in reference to the presidential candidate - at the time - Guilherme Boulos (PSOL-SP).

The records of IP numbers provided to the PF by the telephone and internet operators show that the page was accessed at the City Council of Rio, in the years 2017 and 2018, that is, the period of the presidential campaign when Tércio was in the office of Carlos Bolsonaro, in addition to the Chamber of Deputies, throughout 2017.

The survey includes accesses made in public agencies to pages commanded by advisers of senator Flávio Bolsonaro and federal deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro, such as “SnapNaro”, administered by Fernando Nascimento Pessoa (adviser to Flávio) and accessed in the Senate in 2019, and page “Bolsofeios”, managed by Carlos Eduardo Guimarães, (advisor to Eduardo Bolsonaro) and accessed in the Chamber of Deputies in 2017.

So far, the Federal Police's partial report on the investigation of undemocratic acts foresees two lines of investigation: on the transfer of resources from the federal government to groups involved in undemocratic acts and on the formation of a digital militia with false profiles to support the government .

In a statement sent to the Supreme Court last Friday, the Attorney General's Office (PGR) asked for the case to be closed after pointing out that the PF deviated its focus and found no evidence of the involvement of parliamentarians. To continue, the case needs the decision of Minister Alexandre de Moraes.

Source: The Globe

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