Computer scientist and entrepreneur Gabor Cselle, a name who in the past worked on important features of Twitter, now intends to create his own revamped version of the social network. Scheduled for launch in September 2023, the project has had part of its construction shared with the public, but it may not arrive in Brazil due to some legal requirements.
In an interview with TechCrunchthe executive said that his intentions to build an alternative platform to Twitter already existed, but gained strength after the layoffs in the last week🇧🇷 At the time, 50% of the company’s employees were fired, as one of the first measures taken by its new boss, billionaire Elon Musk.
Since then, Cselle has announced the development of the project on her social networks (you can follow her posts on the subject on Twitter itself), released a roadmap of its intentions with the platform and even a waiting list for those interested in the idea.
With the provisional name of T2, the project may even seem to be one more among the multitude of new social networks that have emerged, but it gained prominence on the internet and in the press due to the fact that the executive worked for almost two years on Twitter, for whom sold its advertising startup Namo Media.
In addition to working closely with timeline features and new user integration, the entrepreneur was also the director of Area 120, a division of Google that works as an incubator for new projects.
An expertise that can help you build a successful alternative to the bird net and help you work on implementations that have had positive results in your previous projects.
New Twitter may not arrive in Brazil
By calmly looking at the Google Docs shared by Cselle in which he details his plans for the “new Twitter”, there is a point, however, that immediately draws attention in the document: the information that the social network would not be launched in markets such as Brazil and India.
According to the file, these countries require local officials to be personally responsible for issues related to platform policy violations. A condition that had made the entrepreneur back off from launching the network in the locations.
The curious fact of this story is that in the Civil Rights Framework for the Internet, there is no specific requirement in this regard. Which, however, does not mean that the impediment does not exist, since there are other laws that it bumps into.
One of them is article 61 of the GDPR (General Personal Data Protection Law), which brings something related to what was pointed out in Cselle’s document.
Art. 61. The foreign company will be notified and summoned of all procedural acts provided for in this Law, regardless of power of attorney or contractual or statutory provision, in the person of the agent or representative or person responsible for its branch, agency, branch, establishment or office installed in the Brazil.
Another possible point, however, are some of the conditions that appear in the fake news bill (PL 2.630/2020)🇧🇷 The project, which aims to combat the spread of false content on messaging platforms, social networks and search engines, has a specific requirement on the subject in its article 32.
Art. 32. Providers of social networks and private messaging services must be headquartered and appoint legal representatives in Brazil, information that will be made available on their websites, as well as maintain remote access, from Brazil, to their databases, which will contain information regarding Brazilian users and will serve to store content in situations provided for by law, especially to comply with orders from a Brazilian judicial authority.
It is worth remembering that despite being a project establishing the Brazilian Law of Freedom, Responsibility and Transparency on the Internetits requirements are extended to any national or foreign service that is offered to the Brazilian public and has more than 2 million users.
Although not yet in force, the bill has already been approved by the Senate and has been parked since June in the Chamber, where it awaits a vote.