For many years now, the subject of fake news on the electoral process has always been a burning issue across the world, and it is still a problem to bigger countries like the USA most especially during Trump’s elections. Fortunately, Brazil has a reason to sigh with relief because the TSE recently began taking the matter seriously and reforms of mitigating the impact of fake news are underway. According to findings of a particular survey published on 9th March 2018, Brazilian elections have always been affected by fake news since 2010 while another report went on to add that in 2014 alone, more than 1200 bots were put in place by three major electoral candidates for creating and spreading false news about other candidates. Even though the creation and distribution of biased press have always been there, it has become more rampant in the past eight years thanks to social media which offers an easily accessible platform for its distribution. In an attempt to curb this, last December, TSE formed the Consultative Council on internet elections board which will help it tackle the problem by researching the impact of the internet on elections and come up with solutions which will help improve the situation. Unfortunately, the problem seems to be getting worse due to fake videos commonly known as deep fakes. This program allows fake news distributors to put a face of someone in a video which they weren’t part of it. For instance, you can easily video shop the face of a politician, celebrity or any other party into a video in which they seem to be misbehaving or doing something that is against the law. Even though there are other apps with the same capabilities, deep fakes is a more significant threat because first, it is easy to use, free to download and is difficult for anyone who doesn’t have an eye for noticing things to believe. However, according to studies, apart from putting in reforms to tackle the problem, another effective way to handle this giant is be educating the public on how to identify fake news so they can avoid spreading it.
About Bruno Fagali
Bruno Fagali is a household name in the Brazilian law arena. Fagali is a popular attorney thanks to his unmatched expertise in ethics, civil, administrative and compliance laws. However, Bruno Fagali did not wake up as a proficient attorney. Instead, he earned it, and his journey to success began in 2004 at the Pontifical Catholic University, Sao Paulo where he graduated with a law degree. He then went on to further expand his scope in law at the University of Sao Paulo-Cogeae by studying for a master’s degree specializing in administrative law in 2012. However, Mr. Bruno Fagali is not one to sit and wait till he finishes learning to start working because even though he was still studying for his degree, he began his career in 2006 at Office model Dom Paulo Evaristo Arns where he served various functions. Since then Bruno Fagali has worked with multiple law firms in numerous areas such as civil, consumer, family, bidding, and regulatory laws and has even handled domestic abuse matters. Bruno has achieved milestones and left footprints of greatness wherever he goes. Today he is the co-founder of the Fagali advocacy and is currently a law lecturer at the University of Sao Paulo. He is also a member of various law-related bodies and associations in the country and can speak four languages namely, French, Spanish, Portuguese and English. During his free time, Bruno Fagali writes about matters related to the law.