Social media companies can no longer remove users or content on their own accord in Brazil. This is due to changes to a law known as the Internet Constitution.
YouTube, Twitter and Facebook will have to follow a series of procedures before they can delete accounts or content. They will have to first notify the user in question of their violation and then give them a clear roadmap of the disciplinary actions and their rights to contest.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been a vocal critic of social media, particularly the companies’ restrictions on politicians. His office released a statement saying that this new law will defend freedom of expression and freedom “to defend contradictory views.”