Brazil lifted its ban on Telegram after the country’s Supreme Court blocked the messaging app Friday for failing to comply with court orders, according to a report by The New York Times†
The court reversed the ban after Telegram made several changes to ward off misinformation in the country, including removing classified information shared by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and deleting accounts of Allan dos Santos, an activist and Bolsonaro supporter accused of spreading disinformation.
In addition, Telegram has made commitments to label messages that contain false information and promote messages with factual information. It also lets its employees keep an eye on Brazil’s 100 most popular channels, the NYT reports.
With more than 1.1 million subscribers on the platform, Telegram has become a favored channel of communication for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is currently under investigation for leaking police documents and has been accused in the past of spreading false information. .
Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes, an opponent of President Bolsonaro, ordered the ban on the app, which ultimately lasted just two days. As Telegram CEO Pavel Durov explains, his company didn’t take action earlier because they checked the wrong email inbox and didn’t see the messages from the Brazilian Supreme Court.