Nota técnica do Centro de Tecnologia e Sociedade da FGV Direito Rio sobre o substitutivo ao PL 2630/2020.

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Published date: December 1, 2021

The Responsibility and Transparency Bill for Digital Platforms, authored by Senator Alessandro Coronel, is still being debated in the Câmara dos Deputados. Since its forwarding to the parliamentary house on July 3, 2020, several debates have been mobilized by civil society organizations and experts, culminating in the version presented by its rapporteur, Deputy Orlando Silva, on November 4, 2021. There are disputes in regarding the timing of the new legislation’s entry into force: certain digital rights organizations have concerns about lobbies from digital platform companies that appear to be looking for ways to “delay” the vote, and are pushing for the project to be voted on so that it can come into force in 2021. The current version certainly managed to adequately incorporate necessary refinements and modifications, based on public hearings such as, for example, in relation to the topic of traceability and the adoption of different rules for search, private messaging and social media providers – the latter , an extremely important measure, given the difference in scope of action, modus operandi and interface of such platforms. However, some crucial points of the project, such as the enforcement of platforms’ self-regulation, the measures to contain mass shootings and disinformation, and the remuneration rules for media outlets, still require greater attention and care in the writing. This article, written by the online content moderation research group at the Center for Technology and Society at FGV Direito Rio, seeks to present some of the successes and errors of this new project.