Brazil and France are planning a major crackdown during this year’s election. Both countries are considering laws which will allow judges or police to shut down websites or social media accounts they deem are interfering in the electoral process. It’s their way of “protecting the sanctity of democracy,” or some such claim.
French President Emmanuel Macron was first to make the vow in early January, during an address to the press. He told reporters at the time the proposal was outstanding because it will increase transparency, “regarding sponsored content to make public the identity of sponsors and of those who control them, but also limits on the amounts that can be used to sponsor this content.”
He swears the legal system needs to be used to block propaganda accounts on social media from destroying democracy by spreading “lies invented to tarnish political officials, personalities, public figures, journalists.”