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    Brazil candidate accused of spreading fake news stories

    Brazil candidate accused of spreading fake news stories
    Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press
    Updated 7:34 pm CDT, Tuesday, October 9, 2018

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Charges of fake news are heating up the presidential race ahead of Brazil’s Oct. 28 runoff, with the center-left candidate on Tuesday accusing his rival’s campaign of defaming him with false stories on social media and messaging apps.

    A fact-checking group said that Fernando Haddad has been targeted by a wave of false allegations, some accusing him of planning to shut down churches and distribute textbooks teaching children to be gay.

    Haddad blamed his adversary, far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, for planting or failing to condemn the falsehoods.

    “The lies come from him (Bolsonaro), so he will not accept any ethical commitment. He will continue to slander, insult,” Haddad said. He said his campaign had managed to have 33 videos removed from social media sites. “One had 3 million views when it was removed. We try to stop it, but people watch them.”

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    1. Brazil's Bolsonaro denies ties to strategist Steve Bannon

    Brazil’s Bolsonaro denies ties to strategist Steve Bannon
    Beatrice Christofaro, Associated Press
    Updated 6:11 pm CDT, Thursday, October 11, 2018

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro said Thursday his campaign has no ties to former White House strategist Steve Bannon, contradicting claims by one of Bolsonaro’s sons.

    . . .

    In August, the Brazilian magazine Epoca quoted Eduardo Bolsonaro as saying Bannon “had put himself at our disposal to help.”

    In the interview, Bolsonaro said the help would not be financial, but rather “internet tips, sometimes an analysis, interpreting data, those kinds of things.”

    Also in August, Eduardo posted on Instagram a picture of himself with Bannon. The caption said that the two had met and that Bannon was an “enthusiast” of his father’s candidacy and they would “unite forces against cultural Marxism.”