Russian sources wanted to suppress the attendance

June 21, 2019 | Research
Malicious sources are still using new tactics, but the goal is the same: undermining confidence in democratic processes.

“Suspicious actors” used for their purposes, among others Notre Dame cathedral fire. The activity of Russian sources in comparison to the same period a year earlier has more than doubled, and one of the targets of disinformation attacks were Polish Internet users.

At the outset, the authors of the report emphasized the high turnout in the European Parliament elections (50.97%), indicating that this testifies to the involvement of Europeans in shaping the future of the EU.

In this document, however, quite different figures deserve attention – in the pre-election period from January to May 2019, the largest social networking sites have removed several billion fake accounts from Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

The fight against disinformation in cooperation with these platforms is implemented as part of the Code of Practice on Disinformation, which is one of the largest programs run by EU institutions to protect against coordinated interference in the course of democratic elections. The report underlines that cooperation with these actors is particularly important because as “powerful information gates for many EU citizens … they can play a key role in disseminating disinformation.”

Find more on this topic here [in Polish].