The Battle Against Fake News in Brazil’s 2022 Elections

The Battle Against Fake News in Brazil’s 2022 Elections

Speakers: Claire Wardle, Co-founder and US Director, First Draft; David Nemer, Faculty Associate, Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center; Pablo Ortellado, Professor of Public Policy, Universidade de São Paulo (USP)

Moderated by: Sidney Chalhoub, Professor of History and African and African-American Studies, Harvard University; Natalia Viana, Nieman Fellow, Harvard University; Co-founder and Co-director, Agência Pública

As Brazilian presidential elections approach, researchers are unanimous to point out that fake news and misinformation campaigns will be core threats to a transparent and fair process. The Electoral Court has taken a series of actions including education campaigns and a partnership with Whatsapp to allow users to denounce bulk messages from candidates. On top of that, President Jair Bolsonaro has already started questioning the legitimacy of the Brazilian electoral system and calling previous elections “rigged” – much like Donald Trump did in 2016 and 2020. Even though media platforms such as Youtube, Facebook and Twitter have acted to suspend false information produced by politicians in the past, observers claim very little was done ever since and the integrity of the elections are at stake. But what are the real risks? What needs to be done so that we don’t see a repetition of the “Big Lie” of US elections play out in Brazil? In this panel, Claire Wardle, one of the leaders of the collaborative fact-checking project Comprova, Pablo Ortellado, Coordinator of the the Research Group on Public Policies for Access to Information (GPoPAI) at the University of Sao Paulo, and David Nemer, Faculty Associate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center, will discuss what needs to be done to ensure free and fair elections in Brazil.

Presented in collaboration with Agência Pública and Pacto pela Democracia

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