Last Friday, 3 November, the Department of Public Policy Analysis of Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV/DAPP) participated in the 3rd Annual Congress organized by the Center for the Study of Media and Society in Argentina (MESO), to present a paper comparing the patterns of the use and diffusion of Junk News in electoral periods in Brazil and abroad. The researchers Tatiana Ruediger and Danilo Carvalho presented the analysis to discuss the use of robots and fake news in the manipulation of debates on social networks.
This study is a continuation of FGV/DAPP’s analysis of the manipulation of the public debate by automated accounts on networks during important moments of Brazilian politics. It is part of the applied research area Politics on the Net. The Department has carried out various studies aimed at improving public debate on the web by identifying the groups which disseminate information. The study ‘Bots, social networks, and politics in Brazil’ started a long debate about the role of social networks, which has continued with the work presented at the Conference.
“The results of the study carried out by FGV/DAPP revealed the used of junk news by all political support groups in the second round of the 2014 presidential elections, with a greater concentration in groups with lower traditional media penetration. The Department’s participation in the congress allowed our proposals for methodological advances to be assessed and discussed by leading researchers in this field of knowledge, such as Pablo Boczkowski (Northwestern University) and Richard Rogers (University of Amsterdam),” stated the researcher Danilo Carvalho.
The congress is held annually and this year its theme was contemporary challenges to the means of communication, culture, and society in Latin America. Its central idea is to diffuse information and discussion about advances in the field of communication, encouraging dialogue, and distinct perspectives about the subject. The event was attended by researchers from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, the United States, and Spain.