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Fake versus Fact

How Populists, Bots and Trolls are Attacking our Democracy

Digital manipulation

The public forum has been fundamentally changed. That which begins as a Tweet or a post practically leads to violence, and has a direct influence on voting results. A veritable information war has started, one that is dividing our society and throwing into doubt the reliability of our democratic institutions. The issue is voices, not facts. Populists and extremists need a story: with victims and perpetrators, clear-cut enemies and heroes. The echo effect and opinion spaces on the internet function as biotopes for these groups. For almost two years, Ute Schaeffer accessed and operated undercover within these spaces. She describes the players behind the campaigns, analyzes the stories, and describes the way in which the internet’s functionality intensifies the effectiveness of propaganda messages.

- Uncovered: the mechanisms and players behind the fake news that manipulate public meaning
- Fascinating research in the abyss of the digital world

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320 pages, ISBN 978-3-423-26190-6
About the author
Portrait des Autors Ute Schaeffer

Ute Schaeffer

Ute Schaeffer was chief editor of Deutsche Welle and is now head of media development and deputy director of the DW-Akademie. She has spent many years reporting from Africa, Eastern Europe and the Arab States and has first-hand experience of many of the refugees’ countries of origin.

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