STF - Supremo Tribunal Federal

05/26/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/26/2023 14:55

STF gives Telegram 24 hours to appoint a legal representative in Brazil

Non-compliance with the decision by Minister Alexandre de Moraes will result in the suspension of the platform's operation in the country.


Minister Alexandre de Moraes, of the Supreme Court (STF), opened 24 hours for the messaging application Telegram to indicate, in court, its official representation in Brazil, under pain of suspension of operation of services in the country, for the initial period of 48 hours. If it does not inform the current legal representative after the deadline, the minister sets a daily fine of $ 500 thousand.

The decision was taken in the Inquiry (INQ 4933), opened to investigate the actions of directors of Google and Telegram in Brazil in an alleged campaign against the Proposed Law (PL) 2.630/2020, known as the PL of Fake News.

The minister explained that on 17/3, in the records of Petition (PET) 9935, the complete and total suspension of the platform's operation in Brazil was determined. The reason was the non-compliance with repeated decisions of the STF involving the accounts of Allan dos Santos and the non-compliance with the invitation made by the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) to curb the dissemination of fraudulent news.

Subsequently, Telegram told the STF that it had fully complied with the measures determined, appointed an official representative in Brazil, and informed its policy to combat disinformation. However, after the opening of the investigation, the lawyer appointed as representative informed that he no longer provides legal advice to the company since 14/5. According to the minister, there is no news that Telegram has made a new appointment in this regard.

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