Brazilian electoral body considers forming anti-fake news task force

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov. 5 – Brazil’s Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) is looking to create a task force to investigate and combat fake news, as 2018 presidential elections loom, local media reported on Saturday. According to the daily Folha de Sao Paulo, the electoral body is concerned about the possible impact that fake news generators could have on the elections.

Last week, Defense Minister Raul Jungmann said the army’s communications and digital warfare command (CCOMGEX) could help weed out fake news spread through social networks.

The TSE said it was considering setting up “working groups to study security measures to be adopted to guarantee the electorate’s freedom to vote.” To that end, the TSE said it would reach an “agreement with the Defense Ministry’s technology department,” which oversees the CCOMGEX.

(Copyright Xinhua, received from National News Agency)

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