Facebook removes Brazilian president’s accounts: not politicians run them themselves

Facebook Inc. suspended a network of social media accounts on Wednesday that were allegedly used by employees hired by Brazilian President Bosonaro and his two sons to spread divisive political messages,media reported. Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cyber security policy, said the accounts were removed for using fake people and other “co-untrue behavior” that violated Facebook’s rules.

Facebook removes Brazilian president's accounts: not politicians run them themselves

Brazilian President Bosonaro

There is no evidence that the politicians themselves are running the accounts, but “we can prove that the employees of these politicians are doing these things,” Mr Grechet said. “

Facebook said it also suspended the use of three other account networks, one of which is believed to be roger stone, an old friend and adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump.

Brazil’s presidential office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Senator Flavio Bosonaro said his father’s government was elected with strong public support and had thousands of supporters on social media.

Facebook’s allegations have exacerbated Brazil’s political crisis. President Bosonaro’s son and supporters have been accused of launching a massive online campaign to discredit the president’s political opponents. The allegations have led to congressional investigations and a Supreme Court investigation into the nation’s judiciary for alleged “use of fake news.”

In recent weeks, Facebook has come under increasing pressure to better regulate how political groups use its platform. Hundreds of advertisers have joined a boycott aimed at forcing the company to block hate speech on its website, and several employees of the company left last month over Zuckerberg’s decision not to challenge President Trump’s inflammatory posts.