The main purpose of the monitoring was to determine if voters had ample information to make qualified choices at the ballot box and whether this information was sufficiently diverse, balanced, and of adequate quality. Since we wanted to have the most precise and fresh data on what sources people use to receive information about domestic politics, we outsourced the Focus polling agency to conduct a survey in the second half of January 2020. The results of the survey demonstrate that television continues to be the dominant source of information about domestic politics for the majority of people. Three times fewer people get information from online media (websites) and as much as six times fewer people get their information from social media. Based on the survey results, and in context with the 2020 parliamentary elections, we, therefore, decided to focus on monitoring of four nationwide TV channels, twelve selected online media as well as Facebook and Instagram.
As the world faces its worse pandemic in over a century, there is little doubt where the virus originated and how it spread to the rest of the world. Nevertheless, it has become the subject of a massive propaganda and disinformation campaign,...
MEMO 98 and the Slovak media regulator organized a webinar on 14 April at the participation of Google, Facebook, Twitter, Access Now, members of ERGA, representatives of the European Commission, experts on disinformation, journalists, academia, interested CSOs, donors, and others. Below is a short report reflecting the main points mentioned during the presentation and discussion as well as useful links related to the topic shared by participants.
The symposium brought together policymakers, academics, NGOs and other stakeholders to discuss how to make social media and our democratic discourses more resilient to extremism and disinformation, especially in light of elections. The aim of the COMPACT project is to raise awareness about emerging legal, policy and technological developments and increase the understanding of how the convergence of those trends influences media and society.
MEMO 98: Mr. Haraszti, there is a lot of discussions these days about the role of disinformation and propaganda, how do you see it? Do you see it as a really dangerous trend? Do you see it as really having a potentially negative impact on elections in...