Bolsonaro business backers accused of illegal Whatsapp fake news campaign

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Workers’ party urges police to investigate ‘industry of lies’, saying 156 entrepreneurs fund misinformation for far-right frontrunner

The far-right frontrunner in Brazil’s bitterly contested election has been accused of benefiting from an undemocratic and criminal industry of fake news and lies in his attempt to become the country’s next president.

Polls suggest Jair Bolsonaro, a pro-torture, dictatorship-praising populist, is heading for a landslide victory over his leftist Workers’ party (PT) rival, Fernando Haddad, on 28 October with about 59% of intended votes compared with his rival’s 41%.

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