Google and Twitter declare that the requests from Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes can be described as early censorship

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*Free translation and adaptation of the article published in Terça Livre

In their reply to the Brazilian Supreme Court (STF) regarding the investigation on September 7th protests, the Big Techs Google and Twitter declared that the requests from Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes to deplatform profiles are disproportionate and can be described as early censorship. The singer Sérgio Reis is among the targets of the investigation.
A few days before the September 7th protests, Moraes ordered Instagram, Youtube, Facebook and Twitter to block right wing accounts that had been calling people out to the protest. One of the profiles belonged to Congressman Otoni de Paula, who had his Twitter account blocked.
The Big Techs mentioned the Marco Civil da Internet (a law that regulates actions in the internet) arguing that the Justice Alexandre de Moraes would need to clearly and specifically point out the ilegal content instead of requesting a wide global block. This turns the decision disproportionate and could be described as early censorship, the companies declared.
“Although Twitter complied with your requests, Justice, Twitter understands that the action can be, with all due respect, disproportionate, and even described as an early censorship”.

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