For Baleia Rossi, the defense of democracy does not apply to social networks – 10/01/2021 – Mathias Alencastro

The invasion of the US Congress will go down in history as an attack on the institutions of real power by hordes of vandals created in the virtual world and organized by the most powerful figure in Internet history.

From the Brazilian “good citizen” to the Islamophobic of New Zealand, including the Russian ethno-nationalist, all the extremist tribes have revolved around Donald Trump’s story.

The summary expulsion of Donald Trump from social networks ends his mandate. The United States is so strained out of this process that the inauguration ceremony for Joseph Biden, who already had numerous restrictions due to the pandemic, will have more security than a military parade in North Korea.

The drastic measure is not enough to clean up the grip of major platforms like Google, Facebook, Amazon and Twitter. For years, all of these companies have chosen to legitimize and protect nefarious acts in the name of a corrupt ideal of free speech.

It is always important to remember that one of the most visionary global accounts of violence in the virtual world was produced by Patrícia Campos Mello, journalist for this newspaper.

Faced with an episode of great symbolic violence, the captains of industry have decided to put an end to the first era of the Internet to prevent the political class from trying to regain the initiative.

In fact, Elizabeth Warren, who dominated one of her top advisers in the Biden government, sees the dismantling of the internet giants as a historic event of equal significance to ending the oil industry oligopoly. at the beginning of the 20th century.

A strategy defended for years by the European Union, mindful of the political and fiscal impact of American groups. Trump’s head on a platter is a peace offer from tech capitalists to the new technocrats in liberal democracies.

The discussion on a new model of Internet governance goes well beyond technical and legal aspects. It is a question of creating a public sphere compatible with the new virtual reality and of going beyond the falsely libertarian model idealized by Mark Zuckerberg without falling into the trap of the authoritarian systems adopted in China and Russia.

With Marco Civil da Internet, Brazil has a privileged instrument to meet this challenge.

It remains to be seen whether the political class will accept a change in culture likely to alter its electoral calculations. In an interview with this newspaper, Baleia Rossi made it clear his intention to protect vested interests.

The “broad front” candidate for House presidency admitted to debating the fantasy of the “printed vote”, a cause spread by Bolonarianism in order to sabotage the electoral process and repeat in 2022 the offensive against democracy taught by Trump .

Thus, Rossi signals to the Jair Bolsonaro government, worried about the brutal end of the Trump presidency, that Brasilia will be an island of peace and tranquility for fake news.

For Rodrigo Maia’s candidate, the defense of democracy does not apply to social networks.

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