Bolsonaro Looks Away From Twitter, Facebook After Trump Ban
(Bloomberg) -- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is urging his followers to pivot away from Twitter and Facebook after the popular social networks banished U.S. President Donald Trump from their platforms.
The far-right president on Tuesday invited his 6.6 million Twitter followers to subscribe to his channel on the messaging app Telegram Messenger LLP, a competitor to Facebook’s WhatsApp Inc.
Like their U.S. counterparts, Bolsonaro allies have accused tech companies of censorship and called on their legions of followers to migrate to outlets they say are more amenable to conservative voices. But the transition has so far been slow in this social-media loving nation.
As of Wednesday morning, Bolsonaro had garnered just over 137,000 followers on his Telegram channel.
On Saturday, in a post on Instagram, Bolsonaro invited his supporters to join Parler only hours before it was pulled from app stores and Amazon.com Inc. shut off its web services. The app had only been downloaded about half a million times in Brazil as of Monday, according to the mobile-app intelligence firm Sensor Tower.
Bolsonaro’s son, Eduardo, a senator, later changed his Twitter profile picture to an image of Trump and claimed that Parler was a “victim of the Big Tech cartel.”
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