Breaking

Brazil’s frontrunner Bolsonaro accused of ‘fraud & fake news campaign’ ahead of runoff

Latest news

    Brazil’s trailing Workers Party candidate Fernando Haddad has accused the right-wing Jair Bolsonaro of organizing an illegal multi-million-dollar defamation campaign via WhatsApp ahead of next week’s runoff presidential polls.

    “We have identified a campaign of slander and defamation via WhatsApp and, given the mass of messages, we know that there was dirty money behind it, because it wasn’t registered with the Supreme Electoral Tribunal,” Haddad told a media conference in Sao Paulo, after Folha de S.Paulo newspaper uncovered a suspected election fraud.

    In its report, the Brazilian publication alleged that a group of entrepreneurs have backed a campaign to use the popular messaging app to reach out to Haddad supporters and bombard them with fake news in an effort to coerce their votes. The publication claims that it discovered contracts worth up to $3.2 million (BRL 12 Million) each for companies to spam the virtual space with false information. Quickmobile, Yacows, Crock Services, and SMS Market are just some of the entities listed in the report that allegedly have been hired by Bolsonaro’s camp to generate numbers that would later be used to send hundreds of millions of WhatsApp messages.

    Such a practice is illegal under Brazilian law and has forced Haddad’s Workers’ Party (PT) to file an official complaint with the Superior Electoral Court (TSE). “We have information that 156 entrepreneurs are involved in this. People will be called to testify,” Haddad tweeted, accusing his rival of “electoral crime to gain an advantage.”

    Haddad also demanded that Bolsonaro be eliminated and that the second round of election be contested between him and Ciro Gomes (PDT), who came in third with 12.5 percent of the vote in the first round.

    READ MORE: Brazil’s right-wing Bolsonaro narrowly misses first round win in presidential election

    Bolsonaro, who – after barely missing the required majority in the first round – is currently leading with 59 percent of voter support versus 41 percent for his rival, has deflected the allegations made against him and the Social Liberal Party (PSL) using multiple outlets.

    “The PT is not being harmed by fake news, but by TRUTH,” he wrote on Twitter, accusing the PT of stealing money from the population and plunging the country into violence and chaos. Earlier, the right-wing presidential candidate tweeted that his camp only receives“voluntary support.”

    “I can’t control it if an entrepreneur who is friendly to me is doing this. I know it’s against the law. But I can’t control it, I have no way of knowing about it and taking measures [to stop it],” Bolsonaro told O Antagonista website.

    Later in the day, the 63-year old Congressman campaigning for anti-corruption used Facebook Live to once again deny the campaign fraud allegations, claiming he never solicited any financial contributions.

    Trump of the Tropics: RT takes a look at Brazil’s top presidential candidate (VIDEO)

    Amid the electoral scandal, the Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL) asked the TSE to temporarily restrict WhatsApp messaging for 120 million user accounts in Brazil, in order to combat the spread of ‘fake news.’

    WhatsApp, meanwhile, told Reuters that they are looking into the allegations. “WhatsApp has proactively banned hundreds of thousands of accounts during the Brazilian election period.”

    View the original article: https://www.rt.com/news/441690-brazil-whatsapp-election-fraud/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

    Like this story? Share it with a friend!

    In the same category are

    Two years of salary to see Michelle O? Tickets offered online for £70,000 Tickets to see Michelle Obama speak in London sold out within seconds, and were quickly posted for as much as £70,000 – over twice the average yearly ...
    Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard trolls Ronaldo following last-minute UCL win The England winger has taken a shot at Cristiano Ronaldo’s midriff-baring goal celebration on social media, after two late strikes from the English si...
    Autopilot set to crash: Probe reveals why plane went into free fall, almost killing 48 people Terrified passengers on board of a Flybe plane narrowly escaped death after an autopilot was set to target the ground and the aircraft saw a 150-meter...
    Fake news feud: A brief history of Trump and CNN’s Jim Acosta yelling at each other CNN's Jim Acosta has been stripped of his White House press credentials after a shouting match with President Donald Trump. How did his fake news feud...
    Tragedy strikes twice for California shooting survivors who witnessed Las Vegas massacre Survivors of last year’s massacre at the Route 91 country music festival in Las Vegas were at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks at the g...
    Telegram not ready to assist Russian security services in tackling terrorist threat – FSB head The Telegram messaging app acknowledges that thousands of its users are involved in terrorist activities, but still refuses to assist security service...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.