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Brazil is among Facebook’s priorities to combat threats to elections and public health – 11/05/2021 – World

Brazil is in the so-called “group two” of countries considered by Facebook as a priority for actions to combat the use of the platform in a harmful way that causes damage to civic integrity and public health in 2021.

The information is contained in documents sent to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and provided to the US Congress by the lawyers of Frances Haugen, a former employee of the platform that gave rise to the so-called Facebook Papers. Folha is part of the consortium of media outlets that had access to these internal documents, which were reviewed by lawyers and had parts hidden.

Brazil appears alongside countries like Nicaragua, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Turkey, Argentina, Iran, Indonesia, Germany, France and Honduras. According to Facebook’s ranking, the group two nations deserve attention due to the occurrence of coordinated behavior on the platform, false accounts, hate speech and threats to public health and electoral integrity.

In the first echelon of countries considered at risk are India, Pakistan, Syria, Ethiopia, Philippines, Egypt, Russia and Myanmar. In group three, which is considered to have fewer problems in terms of threats to civic integrity, are Nigeria, Haiti, Spain, Chile, Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Tanzania and the United Arab Emirates.

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Regarding the number of daily active Facebook users, Brazil is in third place in the world, with 97 million, only behind India, with 186 million, and the USA, with 167 million, according to another internal document of the company, this one from 2019.

After Brazil come Indonesia (86 million), Mexico (64 million) and the Philippines (50 million).

In a report on Facebook’s competitiveness, the company says it can “overlook middle-sized countries, especially in Europe and Latin America.”

In the division by regions, Latin America appears as the one with the highest number of active daily users of the platform, with 287.2 million, followed by Southeast Asia, with 261.7 million and South Asia, with 240.6 million .

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