#Social: WhatsApp Bans Thousands of Accounts in Brazil Election





WhatsApp banned hundreds of thousands of accounts in Brazil as Facebook Inc. messaging service struggle to contain political shenaigans ahead of a runoff election in Latin America's largest country.

/we have cutting-edge technology to detect spam that identifies accounts with abnormal behavior so that they can't be used to spread spam or misinformation," a WhatsApp spokesperson wrote in an email. " We are also taking immediate legal measures to prevent companies from sending mass messages via WhatsApp and have already banned accounts associated with those companies."

Facebook set up a "war room" to stem the tide of hate speech, false information  and other damaging content during Brazil's election this month, marking a test for the social network ahead of the November midterm elections in the U.S. While the company said it was able to thwart false information on its main social network, it's had more trouble controlling misbehavior on WhatsApp, which is encrypted and virtually impossible to monitor.
Facebook's "War Room" ahead of Brazil's runoff election

Brazil's runoff election is on October 28, when far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro face leftist Workers' Party candidate Fernando Haddad.

Allegations reported this week by Newspaper Folha de S.Paulo that companies are paying for a mass social media campaign against Haddad, and the country's top electoral court responded on Friday night by saying it will open a formal probe against Bolsonaro. Several political parties, including Haddad's workers' Party, are jointly requesting that Bolsonaro be declared ineligible for 8 years for abuse of economic power and misuses of digital communication.

WhatsApp said on Friday that it's taking the accusation seriously. "We are committed to reinforcing WhatsApp policies equally and in a fair way to protect the users' experience.' it added.


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