Acesso ao WordPress pode ser bloqueado no Brasil por ordem judicial: “Access to WordPress could be blocked in Brazil by judicial order!”
Or it could not be.
Counterfactuals have no place in news reporting.
A counterfactual conditional, subjunctive conditional, or remote conditional, is a conditional (or “if-then”) statement indicating what would be the case if its antecedent were true. This is to be contrasted with an indicative conditional, which indicates what is (in fact) the case if its antecedent is (in fact) true.
There is an infinitesimal possibility that an asteroid will destroy all life on earth in my lifetime. Wake me when it gets close enough to worry about.
A lot of nonsense gets written on this subject, I think.
Example: Baguete’s headline on this story is “WordPress Is Blocked in Brazil.”
The tenor of the story, however, is that WordPress “could be” or “might in the future be” blocked in Brazil.
As we all remember from that modal logic seminar in college, all that is, is possible, but not all that is possible necessarily is.
Blogger Marcos predicts “an apocalypse for WordPress in Brasil.”
Globo Voices Online is similarly apocalyptic, citing (in bad translation) another one of those independent citizen bloggers who just happens to bring to bring home a salary from the Clan Marinho — in this case, the editor of a Globo news portal in Ceará:
“Brazil is the country of the “undiscussed”, in every single day it becomes clear that the thing to do is to put tails our between legs, lower our heads and let any authoritarian measures go as though it were something in life, an inevitable “it is God who wants this.”
The first report I saw — which does not tell us what the “criminal content” in question is, or confirm that the judicial order in question says what we are told it might say — comes from IDG Now, but is essentially the same as the version run by other news organizations, principally the Folha group (controls the UOL portal) and Globo.
A protest movement against a judicial order that has not been implemented, whose existence has not been corroborated, and whose content is not known.
If it does not materialize, the protesters will no doubt claim their protest forestalled it.