Twitter CEO Elon Musk suggested on Saturday morning that Twitter may have interfered in Brazil’s recent controversial presidential election.
“I saw a lot of disturbing tweets about the recent elections in Brazil,” musk wrote on the platform he took control of in October days before the election. “If these tweets are accurate, it’s possible that Twitter staff gave preference to left-leaning candidates.”
The post suggests Twitter employees may have been involved in influencing recent elections which were declared by Brazil’s Supreme Court as a narrow victory for socialist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva over right-wing incumbent Jair Bolsonaro.
Lula won the election with 50.9% of the vote to Bolsonaro’s 49.1%, sparking massive protests across the country by Bolsonaro supporters who alleged widespread fraud.
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At the end of November, after acknowledging defeat, Bolsonaro claimed that an audit carried out by his coalition showed signs of “malfunction” which, according to his team, affected some 280,000 voting machines.
The result would oscillate at 51.05% for Bolsonaro and 48.95% for Lula if the votes concerned were invalidated.
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Gleisi Hoffmann, chairman of Lula’s party, called Bolsonaro’s complaint “chicanery”.
“No more procrastination, irresponsibility, insults to institutions and democracy,” she wrote on Twitter. “The election was decided during the vote and Brazil needs peace to build a better future.”
Earlier this year, Bolsonaro hosted Musk at a meeting in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, when he called the US billionaire’s takeover of Twitter a “breath of hope” and dubbed him a “legend of freedom”.
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Lula and Bolsonaro used Twitter extensively during their campaigns. Some Bolsonaro allies – including the most voted candidate for the lower house of Congress, Nikolas Ferreira – had their accounts suspended by court order after the second round for questioning the election results.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.
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Musk’s comment on Brazil comes days after acknowledging that prior to his takeover, the “obvious reality” was that Twitter “interfered in the election” through its content moderation policies.
On Friday, Musk released internal Twitter documents showing how Twitter employees deleted details from Hunter Biden’s laptop ahead of the 2020 election.
Peter Aitken of Fox News and Reuters contributed to this report