Multisector Front of STF aims to combat fake news
On June 11, Fundação Getulio Vargas’ Department of Public Policy Analysis (DAPP) became part of the Multisector Front for Information Checking and Combating Fake News, in the Federal Supreme Court (STF). The main purpose of the initiative is to alert the society about the dangers of sharing dubious information, as well as providing guidance on how to check the truth of the news they receive.
FGV DAPP works on monitoring social networks and identifies automated actions on social media that may act in conjunction with false information, increasing its reach. In this sense, it is possible to contribute by presenting the experiences obtained in the last elections, held last year, with the Digital Democracy Room – #observa2018 – which published daily network analyses, in order to highlight the impact of digitalization on democracy.
The Front also intends to join the # FakeNewsNão campaign, led by the National Justice Council (CNJ), in partnership with higher courts and entities representing magistrates. The action was launched on April 1 and aims to share posts in different formats that clarify the damage caused by fake content and teach the population on how to identify suspicious publications, preventing the dissemination of fake news.
The President of the STF, Minister Dias Toffoli, closed the panel, highlighting the danger of misinformation:
“Fraudulent news is a major concern worldwide. The practice can target several sectors, not just politics, generating serious sociocultural and economic impacts. In addition, it has put at risk democratic processes,” he said.