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Bolsonaro Slams Big Tech Censorship: ‘Freedom of Speech Is Sacred’

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The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, criticized on Monday the blocking of profiles on social networks, as he considers that “freedom of expression is sacred.”

“We have seen pages removed on Facebook, the demonetization of others, but only of people on our side, people who defend the family, defend good customs, who want to fight for freedom,” said the president in an interview to “Radio Viva FM.”

“This anger, this dictatorial power to control people has grown and the left has gained a lot with that, to the detriment of the opinions of the right,” said the president.

In his opinion, this means “a very strong curtailment” of freedom of expression, which is “sacred.”

“We simply want to comply with what the Constitution determines: total freedom. And if someone goes too far, he will answer for defamation, slander or libel, never with imprisonment,” Bolsonaro defended.

Last September, the president sent to Congress an initiative to shield content on social networks and prevent its “arbitrary” removal, a few days after the Supreme Court overturned a similar decree.

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