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How does fake news in cyberspace affect people's votes?

Anna reports;

BBC research has shown that on the eve of the House of Lords elections in this country, the activity of fake accounts affects the decision-making process of British citizens.

Anna Science and Technology News Agency; Every country has its own approach to deal with fake news, some countries take preventive measures and others take legal and judicial measures.

Preventive measures

Some countries teach how to recognize fake news and deal with it in the form of media literacy lessons. For example, Ireland is the latest country in Europe to introduce lessons related to media literacy, privacy and cyber security for students at a young age, according to the Irish Times.

Media literacy is taught to students in countries such as America, Canada, France, Germany, Finland, Holland, Denmark, Russia, Japan and Iran.

Legal and judicial actions

Every country has specific laws against fake news. For example, more than a year ago, the Turkish Parliament passed a law that would punish anyone who publishes fake news and false information on social media with three years in prison. Now, if this person does this through fake accounts whose identity is unknown, he will face double punishment.

In France, due to the fact that the parliamentary elections in this country ended two days ago, if the judges found that the content was fake, the social network was supposed to delete it.

Does misinformation affect the audience?

Glicksman, the representative of the European Union, said about the effect of fake information on citizens that false information is a weapon of hybrid wars, because it can polarize society.

Bhardwaj, the correspondent of the News 18 news channel's social networks field, says about the effect of this false information during the elections: fake news can cause a decrease in people's votes at the ballot box, an increase in mistrust and polarization of the society.

Considering the British House of Lords elections that will be held on July 4, and the prime minister is supposed to be elected after the election of the members of the House of Commons, and this is why this parliament is important, this country has a lot of control over the spread of fake news on social networks. .

Therefore, Mariana Spring, reporter of fake information and cyberspace of the BBC news network, conducted a research entitled “Can fake information on social networks affect my vote or not?” ” has done

Can fake information in social networks influence people's vote?

Social media expert Drew Bennoy says: “Social networks are absolutely key to sending a message to British voters.

Spring talks about his research in a video broadcast on the BBC; It is known that individual users of social networks and anonymous accounts have the ability to form an online stream and can easily spread false information among users, he has reached these results by using several phones and several user accounts.

Marianna Spring says: Based on my research and the data provided by the National Center for Social Research, 24 user accounts caught my attention, accounts that have no profile, no followers, and are private. These are fake accounts while having social media profiles on all major sites.

Ms Spring says campaigning on social media is like election billboards on the street and reveals how much UK parties are spending on fake accounts and likes on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok.

The BBC reporter says: Since the election, Labor has spent more than £1.5 million on advertising on meta sites. While the conservatives have spent more than 800 thousand pounds. The Labor Party used it more to show the ads and speeches of the election candidates, while the ads they saw from the Conservatives encouraged voters not to vote for one of the candidates.

The results of fake news reporter Mariana Spring's research on these fake accounts on the eve of the British Parliament elections show that the battle in social networks is not only fought by official accounts belonging to political parties, but also by supporters of candidates, robots and anonymous accounts.

He said these accounts recommend fake news, misinformation, and fear mongering to young voters in addition to political ads for their desired candidate and factual content expressing political opinions.

Spring reported the existence of many suspicious and fake accounts that reproduce duplicate content, post comments, or troll or insult someone.

Meta's cooperation with England on the eve of the elections

England has signed a memorandum of understanding with Meta, the owner of Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook platforms, according to which a group of experts in different fields will carry out these 4 actions:

1) Avoid false information: This information will be removed from Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

2) Combating influence operations: Identifying and eliminating scams operated by fake accounts with the aim of reducing people's participation in elections.

3) Dealing with risks caused by misuse of artificial intelligence technologies by using tagging on images.

What is the story of fake accounts in Iran to spread hatred towards election candidates?

Hossein Deliriyan, the spokesman of the National Center for Cyberspace, said about the increase in the activity of fake accounts and spreading insults on the eve of Iran's presidential election: “The opposition groups outside Iran between June 27th and July 3rd with three main hashtags, the speed of disseminating false news, Insults and ridicule about all 6 candidates and their supporters have increased a lot.

In the end, he added: The National Center for Cyberspace's monitoring of behaviors in social networks and messengers shows that the robot-like behavior of user accounts in cyberspace has increased.

Advice from experts in dealing with fake news

Lopez, a political analyst, said about identifying fake news on social networks: If you see news on social networks or hear from a famous person, but you feel it is fake, check it in official and famous media. Trust only known sources. Look at the author and credit. Read the whole text, not just the headline. Check the authenticity of the image and finally make sure of the authenticity of the news before sharing it with friends.

Mhd Narayan

Bringing over 8 years of expertise in digital marketing, I serve as a news editor dedicated to delivering compelling and informative content. As a seasoned content creator, my goal is to produce engaging news articles that resonate with diverse audiences.

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