New study evaluates disinformation’s impact on electoral systems

Report launched as part of cooperation between FGV and Superior Electoral Court to enhance debate about disinformation in elections
Public Policy
13 November 2020
New study evaluates disinformation’s impact on electoral systems

Fundação Getulio Vargas’ Department of Public Policy Analysis (FGV DAPP) is preparing to launch a study called Online Disinformation and Elections in Brazil: The Circulation of Links Casting Doubt on the Brazilian Electoral System on Facebook and YouTube (2014-2020). The report presents unparalleled data on the circulation of texts and videos on social networks featuring disinformation targeted at the electoral courts and elections in general, challenging the integrity of the voting process.

The study shows that this phenomenon has been widespread since 2014, with marked growth in election years, although it has continued in non-election years as well (indicating a long-term strategic campaign against the electoral process). It also shows that fake news tends to generate greater engagement.

The study was carried out as part of the Digitalization and Democracy in Brazil Project, supported by the German Embassy in Brasília and Germany Foreign Ministry. The project, which will run until 2022, is using applied research into social networks and the public policy analysis expertise of FGV DAPP, built up over the last decade. The report is being launched as part of cooperation between FGV DAPP and the Superior Electoral Court to enhance debate about disinformation in elections.

You can see the complete study on the project’s website.

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