Brazil’s far-Right election front-runner was accused of setting up a ‘criminal network’ with big businesses to spread fake news through Whatsapp.
Brazilian media reported that well-heeled supporters of Jair Bolsonaro paid for messaging by third-party agencies, each paying up to 12 million reais ($3.26 million) to spread tens of thousands of attack ads.
That’s the way it works these days. That funding, if proven, might well be dodgy.
Mr Haddad has complained frequently that he was the target of false social media information campaigns.
Among other things Mr Haddad, 55, has railed against “libelous” social media posts claiming he tried to have sex education “gay kits” distributed in schools when he was education minister under the now-jailed ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Bolsonaro, 63, is an ex-paratrooper whose ultraconservative and law-and-order rhetoric has lifted him in the polls.
He has proved himself an adept user of online platforms, largely spurning traditional media outlets and debates in favor of reaching out to millions of followers on his Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Don’t forget, when Obama used Facebook it was a marvellous demonstration of the Brave New World. When Trump did it was right wing lies.