Brazil's Far Right Plots Its Own January 6

People voting in Brazil’s October 2 elections have been subjected to a deluge of misinformation and disinformation on social media in recent months. Researchers say that Telegram has become the hub of the country’s far right, which is calling for a military coup or violent uprising akin to the US Capitol attack on January 6, 2021, should sitting president Jair Bolsonaro lose.

Dennis Kahn, research lead at social media threat analysis company ActiveFence, says he is most concerned about calls for military intervention in the elections and a violent coup in favor of Bolsonaro, threats that have appeared on Telegram, Gettr, and local platform PatriaBook.

“On the mainstream platforms, [the far

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