Elon Musk tweets that Twitter staff may have used platform to influence Brazil's elections

 December 4, 2022

Twitter CEO Elon Musk said Saturday that he's concerned about how Twitter personnel might have influenced Brazil's recent election for left-wing candidates.

Socialist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva beat right-wing incumbent Jair Bolsonaro narrowly in the race, 50.9% to 49.1%.

Musk did not offer any specific facts about the actions of Twitter employees, however.

Serious failures

Bolsonaro's supporters have said the results are fraudulent and there have been widespread protests over the result.

At first, Bolsonaro appeared to accept defeat, but he later claimed that an audit by his team showed that 280.000 electronic voting machines were affected by "signs of serious failures that generate uncertainties and make it impossible to validate the results generated."

If the machines Bolsonaro claims malfunctioned were removed from the vote totals, Bolsonaro would win the election 51-49%.

Bolsonaro was not able to produce proof of the malfunctions, however, and the military said it did not find any evidence of fraud.

Is there evidence?

Members of Lula's party are calling for Bolsonaro and his supporters to drop their protests and unite for the good of the country.

"No more procrastination, irresponsibility, insults to institutions and democracy," part president Gleisi Hoffmann wrote on Twitter. "The election was decided in the vote and Brazil needs peace to build a better future."

Bolsonaro hosted Musk at a meeting in São Paulo earlier in the year, at which he called the U.S. billionaire's takeover of Twitter a "breath of hope" and named him a "legend of liberty."

If Musk has direct evidence of Twitter personnel's actions to benefit Lula, he should release it now.

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