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Politics, Elections
& Disinformation

Orchestrated disinformation and propaganda campaigns are often used to polarize online debates, radicalize public perception of sensitive topics and create moral panic. Disinformation encompasses false information, rumors, information with a sensationalist and/or distorted framing, and conspiracy theories that are intended to negatively influence public opinion. Therefore, understanding these strategies requires knowledge about the functioning of the media ecosystem behind the dissemination of harmful content, made up of large media outlets, alternative media, hyper-partisan media, junk news portals, online advertisements, media platforms social and chat apps.

Using online platforms that society cannot audit, different campaigns take advantage of new technologies to drive narratives and influence public opinion, collective action and government policies. That way, the characteristics and particularities of each platform are also relevant factors for understanding the political, social and economic objectives of these influence operations. In different social media, trolls, bots, fake profiles, anonymous users, influencers and politicians stand out in the production and sharing of biased information that benefits certain financial and political interests.

In this line of research, we carry out multiplatform analyzes of communication and disinformation strategies in contexts such as electoral campaigns, political crises, attacks on democratic institutions and attempts to delegitimize traditional media. NetLab has an agenda for diagnosing this informational phenomenon and its social and political consequences in Brazil, as a problematic information environment can threaten public security, fracture social cohesion, reduce trust in institutions and threaten the Democratic Rule of Law.

Studies in Progress

Evangelical media in the digital ecosystem: the use of religion in multiplatform disinformation

In the dispute for political support from religious groups, fundamentalist groups use strategies of moral panic in issues such as combating “gender ideology” and defending the “traditional Brazilian family”. In this project, we investigated the main actors and sources of disinformation with a religious bias on the Brazilian internet.

Attack on democratic institutions: online campaigns against electoral integrity

Disinformation and political polarization on the Brazilian internet

In recent years, disinformation campaigns dedicated to undermining the credibility of the institutions responsible for maintaining the democratic process have intensified in Brazil. Through a multiplatform analysis, in this project we researched strategies and actors involved in threats to the integrity of Brazilian elections.

Increasing political polarization has been justified by the popularization of coordinated disinformation campaigns and online hate speech. around the world. In this project, we analyze the specificities of the Brazilian context and the different techniques, strategies, actors and political and economic articulations in this field.

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