O YouTube, através do Google, o Facebook e o Twitter criticaram a MP (medida provisória) assinada pelo presidente Jair Bolsonaro que limits the removal of accounts and profiles from social networks. The text published on Monday (6) in the "Official Gazette" (DOU) amends the Marco Civil da Internet, a law that regulates the use of network in Brazil.

The measure was announced on SecomVC's page on Twitter, which is a profile administered by the Secom (Special Secretariat for Social Communication), of the Presidency of the Republic.


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Google, owner of YouTube, wrote: “We emphasize that our community policies are the result of a collaborative process with technical experts, civil society and academia. These guidelines exist so that we can guarantee a good user experience and preserve the diversity of voices and ideas that are characteristic of the platform”.

“We believe that the freedom to apply and update rules is essential for YouTube to collaborate with the construction of the free and open internet that transforms the lives of millions of Brazilians every day. We will continue to work to demonstrate the transparency and importance of our guidelines, and the risks people run when we cannot apply them.”

“This interim measure significantly limits the ability to contain abuses on our platforms, which is critical to providing people with a safe space for online expression and connection. Facebook agrees with the statement of several experts and jurists, who claim that the proposal violates constitutional rights and guarantees”, was the text released by the social network of Mark Zukerberg.

Twitter mentioned the Marco Civil da Internet: “The Marco Civil da Internet was the result of a broad and democratic process of discussion with civil society, in which companies, academia, users and public bodies were able to participate. This allowed the drafting of a law considered to be at the forefront in protecting users' rights, preserving innovation and free competition. The proposition of this Provisional Measure, which brings changes to the Marco Civil, contradicts everything that this process was and what was built with it.”

President Jair Bolsonaro at an event
President Jair Bolsonaro at an event. Credits: BW Press/Shutterstock

Secom Text

"President Jair Bolsonaro has just signed an interim measure that amends the Marco Civil da Internet, reinforcing the rights and guarantees of Internet users and combating 'the arbitrary and unreasonable removal of accounts, profiles and content by providers'", said the government publication .

“The measure now signed by the President aims at greater clarity regarding the 'policies, procedures, measures and instruments' used by social media providers to cancel or suspend content and accounts. In addition to the requirement of just cause and motivation in the event of cancellation, suspension and exclusion of content and features of accounts on social networks, the device also provides for the right to return the content made available by the user on the network”, added the tweet.

“Just as it has always worked to ensure the right to come and go of Brazilians and the right to work and put food on the family's table, the Government of Brazil continues to seek ways to guarantee all the fair and moral freedoms of this nation”, he concluded.

Bolsonaro has criticized actions by the STF (Supreme Federal Court) and also by the TSE (Superior Electoral Court) against pages investigated for spreading fake news

Reply to youtuber Felipe Neto

In response to tweet by youtuber Felipe Neto, who says that “the MP prohibits any social network from removing content that violates the platform's rules, including criminal content,” Secom wrote: “This information is false. The Measure does not “prohibit any social network from removing content” – it requires that just cause be presented for this type of action, in order not to harm Brazilian users of social networks and ensure the right to freedom of expression. To date, there have been no clear rules requiring a clear justification for excluding content and accounts on social media. Without clarity on the criteria for exclusions and suspensions, there is the possibility of arbitrary actions and violations of the right to free expression. With the MP, more transparency is created regarding the role of companies in controlling content and more legal certainty for Brazilians”.