In this file photo taken on October 07, 2018 people watch Brazilian presidential candidate for the Worky Party (PT) Fernando Haddad's press conference on TV at a bar of Lapa neighborhood, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. AFP / Fernando Souza
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Brazil, like other countries, is facing a very electronic election. WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter are the weapons of choice to sway the country's 147 million voters and abuse of social media has been widespread.Surveys suggest Bolsonaro could pick up 59 percent of the vote, to 41 percent for Haddad.Facebook, its reputation badly marred by those revelations, said Monday it has closed 68 pages and 43 accounts linked to a Brazilian marketing group, Raposos Fernandes Associates, that media reported was promoting Bolsonaro online on a massive scale.WhatsApp said that it has shuttered hundreds of thousands of accounts to counter "spam or disinformation" after a report saying several companies had been hired for $3 million each to send bulk messages attacking Haddad and the Workers Party.WhatsApp is one of preferred methods for communicating in Brazil. The country, with a population of 210 million, has 120 million WhatsApp users.
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