Brazil sues Twitter, says it undermines drunk-driving prevention efforts

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The government of Brazil claimed in a lawsuit that Twitter is undermining the administration’s efforts to combat drunk driving in the South American country, the BBC reported Tuesday.

The claim, filed by Brazil’s attorney general, says some accounts registered with the popular social media site alert their followers about police speed traps and roadblocks. The lawsuit demands that Twitter shut down these accounts and pay a fine of 500,000 Brazilian reals (approximately $290,000) for every day the accounts remain active.

One of the accounts mentioned, @RadarBlitzGO, has already closed down. It had nearly 12,000 followers.

“We are suspending the updates until justice has ruled,” it said.

The other major account, @LeiSecaRJ, has more than 285,000 followers and is still operational.

The lawsuit follows Twitter’s announcement in January that it could block messages that conflicted with local laws if governments request it.

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