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Latin America’s Fake News Problem

The Rise of Fake News and Social Media Manipulation in Latin American Politics (April 9, 2018)

Brexit, Donald Trump’s election, and Cambridge Analytica have shed light on alarming trend of post-truth politics in the United States and the United Kingdom, fueled by populist movements and social media manipulation.

At a recent panel, experts from Colombia, Brazil, and Mexico came together to discuss the implications for the upcoming 2018 democratic presidential elections in five Latin American countries.

Before the election, political campaign strategies that appealed to emotions, rather than fact-based, objective communications, were increasingly driving the agenda across the region and post-truth strategies emerged in news stories, social media apps, and candidate statements. They deliberately aimed to misinform or deceive public opinion on issues like gender, drug policy, and migration.

Listen to the discussion above.

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