From the Introduction: "On 10th June, the European Commission published its Communication on disinformation related to the Covid-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] crisis, urging platforms to do more to combat fake content online. Indeed, as Covid-19 was spreading around the world, it was accompanied by a multiplicity of rumors, disinformation and misinformation pieces as well as conspiracy theories that fed public debates everywhere. [...] Our mapping shows that the sharing of information and disinformation is always political: information, whether true or false, only circulates in communities that are interested in it. Consequently, actors can take advantage of events such as the Covid-19 crisis to draft messages that meet these interests and serve political goals. In this sense, this paper highlights the fragilities of French public spaces online: groups that are interested in messages that defend authoritarian regimes and weaken Europe, and that share disinformation on the French government's response are possible entry points for foreign and domestic actors wishing to influence French politics."
Institut Montaigne; Institute for Strategic Dialogue
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