Don’t Be an Internet Troll in Brazil

Don’t Be an Internet Troll in Brazil

Anderson Silva has filed a lawsuit against a woman in Brazil who said some marginally mean comments to him via Twitter, which, oddly enough, is apparently a viable cause of action in Brazil. MMAFighting’s Guilherme Cruz speaks Portuguese, so he gets credit for uncovering this fascinating gem:

According to the chief of police department in Pinhais, Marcelo Magalhaes, the UFC star felt offended when a woman called him “rotten” on Twitter.

“We’re still investigating to get her name, address and phone,” Magalhaes told Globo. “It’s a 40-year-old woman who wrote on the internet, in a social media, several phrases, including ‘Brazil will see the idol and rotten that you are’.”

In an interview with a local radio station, Magalhaes said the woman also called Silva a “s—–ty idol.”

What’s most surprising about this whole affair is that Brazil apparently has defamation and libel actions available for petty stuff said over the Internet. That’s crazy! I mean, if the rest of the world had similar laws, half you people would be in jail by now.


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