Published last week, President Jair Bolsonaro’s Provisional Measure (no party) that modified the Marco Civil da Internet (MP No. 1068, of 2021) was returned to the presidency by the Senate. This means that the text will not be analyzed by the National Congress and it has lost all the effects it anticipated.
The MP created obstacles to the removal of content from social networks. The process of removing false information, for example, would require a series of conditions from those responsible for the platforms before being concluded.
::Bolsonaro edits MP that changes the Internet’s Marco Civil and facilitates fake news::
Bolsonaro edited the text one day before the September 7 holiday, which was considered a nod to the base of support for the president. With the changes, any content with false news would stay on the air longer and it would be more difficult to extinguish profiles that spread disinformation.
In a report sent to the Palácio do Planalto, the president of the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco (DEM-RO), highlighted that the Parliament is already analyzing a bill on the same topic. According to him, the edition of the Provisional Measure, which takes effect immediately, “generates considerable legal uncertainty for agents subject to it”.
Pacheco mentioned analyzes by the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) and the Attorney General’s Office (PGR), which questioned the MP and which were sent to the Supreme Court (STF). Experts pointed out that the changes proposed by Bolsonaro could increase the spread of false news, the fake news.
The Senate presidency itself received an opinion from the OAB with warnings about the risks to democracy that the MP could cause. The text is considered a “legislative setback”, according to the Order.
Edition: Vinícius Segalla