Published on 05/20/2022 15:09
The Brazilian government announced in November that it was negotiating a deal with Musk for his company Space X to provide satellite internet in the Amazon rainforest and help detect illegal deforestation – (credit: EVARISTO SA and ANGELA WEISS/AFP)
Billionaire Elon Musk, on a visit to Brazil – this Friday (5/20) – announced on Twitter the launch of a satellite communication program for isolated schools and “environmental monitoring” in the Amazon region, before meeting with President Jair Bolsonaro.
“Very excited to be in Brazil to launch Starlink for 19,000 rural disconnected schools and for environmental monitoring of the Amazon region,” tweeted the richest man in the world, who met Bolsonaro at a luxury hotel in the municipality of Porto Velez. . , in Sao Paulo.
Since this morning, several journalists have been waiting outside the Fasano Boa Vista Hotel, which is protected by a number of police cars, according to France Press agency.
The Brazilian government announced in November that it was negotiating a deal with Musk for his company Space X to provide satellite internet in the Amazon rainforest and help detect illegal deforestation.
On this occasion, the Minister of Communications, Fabio Faria, met with Musk in Texas, USA, and announced with a photo on Twitter that the businessman would be “soon” in Brazil.
For Oliver Stoenkel, professor of international relations at Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) in São Paulo, the program could help Bolsonaro, “although experts differ because the problem with combating deforestation is not a lack of monitoring.”
He stressed that “Brazil has this technology and it is a matter of inspection independent of the new technologies that Elon Musk can bring.”
Bolsonaro, who has been pushing to open protected lands to the agricultural and mining industry, has been criticized in Brazil and abroad for his environmental policy and record of deforestation and fires in the Amazon and other biomes.
According to the magazine, Musk is the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, the richest person in the world ForbesWith a fortune estimated at $220 billion.
The billionaire announced last month his plan to buy Twitter for $44 billion.
Bolsonaro and his followers celebrated with ecstasy the announcement of the show – which is currently on hold – as they aspire to reduce control of social media ahead of the October elections, when the president will seek a second term.
Devido à atual politica do Twitter, várias postagens de Bolsonaro foram removidas da rede por “desinformação”.
Stoenkel explained that “Musk has become a Bolsonian hero over the past few weeks (…) It is assumed that the possible acquisition of Twitter will end the restrictions that appear on various social networks, including Twitter.”
Musk said his proposed purchase was motivated by a desire to ensure freedom of speech on the platform and announced that he supports lifting the veto against former President Donald Trump, which was imposed after the attack on the Capitol in January 2021.
However, Musk’s offer is on hold until the businessman gets assurances about the estimated number of fake accounts on the platform, known as “bots,” which he said he wants to get rid of if he takes control of the platform.