Brazilian Parliament Urges Regulation of Digital World to Enhance Democracy

Europe Passes Resolution in Solidarity with New Democratically Elected Brazilian Government

The European Parliament approved a resolution this week condemning the attack on Brazilian institutions and expressing solidarity with the newly democratically elected government of Lula Da Silva.

Anna Cavazzini, Vice President of the Delegation for Relations with Brazil in the European Parliament, noted that “[social networks] were fundamental in the attack on Brazilian institutions and the Bolsonaro narrative that the election was going to be stolen was spreading for months”. She further stated that although the recent attack on the German Bundestag in December 2022 was orchestrated by a small group of far-right terrorists, in Brazil we are talking about masses that were mobilized”.

The resolution, which was passed by the majority, points to the importance of regulating platforms to prevent disinformation and hate content. Maria-Manuel Leitao Marques, negotiator of the resolution for the socialist bloc and Vice President of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection committee, commented on the agreement, saying that “[Europe is] being a pioneer in regulating the digital world”.

Such regulations, Leitao-Marques explained, are not about politics deciding what can and cannot be said, but rather about content moderation. The Digital Services Regulation (DSA) contains measures that allow platforms to audit impacts of their services and take measures to mitigate risks, both in the case of electoral processes and public discourse.

The European Commission has announced that it will soon present its Digital Alliance in which the EU and Latin America join forces in support of global norms and standards. Cavazzini highlighted how this agreement is beneficial given the shared democratic values, something that was not the case with the Brazilian government of Jair Bolsonaro.

This agreement will allow both regions to cooperate in implementing the enforcement of regulations.

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