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#AlertaVenezuela

As the information environment continues to expand and transform at an ever-accelerating rate, monitoring the digital engagement space with an approach that actively informs this environment, as opposed to responding to it, is increasingly necessary. #AlertaVenezuela is paving the way for a deeper understanding of the complexities of the information environment in and around Venezuela. By exposing and explaining disinformation in this context, the Atlantic Council, in partnership with civil society and independent media organizations working on Venezuela, will shed light on the path ahead for combating disinformation and foreign interference around one of the hemisphere’s largest economic, political and humanitarian crises.

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Thu, Sep 24, 2020

#AlertaVenezuela: September 22, 2020

Investigators from the United Nations (UN) published a report on September 16, 2020, with evidence of “unlawful executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions and torture” in Venezuela that have taken place since 2014.

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Tue, Sep 15, 2020

#AlertaVenezuela: September 15, 2020

Accounts aligned with the Maduro regime pushed #MasCaprilesMenosGuaido (More Capriles, less Guaidó) to trend as a means of influencing the Twitter conversation after Henrique Capriles and Juan Guaidó traded accusations around the upcoming parliamentary elections. #MasCaprilesMenosGuaido trended on September 3 and September 4, however, most of the mentions (tweets, retweets, and replies) have seemingly since been deleted or removed.

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Tue, Sep 8, 2020

#AlertaVenezuela: September 08, 2020

Accounts aligned with the Maduro regime pushed #MasCaprilesMenosGuaido (More Capriles, less Guaidó) to trend as a means of influencing the Twitter conversation after Henrique Capriles and Juan Guaidó traded accusations around the upcoming parliamentary elections. #MasCaprilesMenosGuaido trended on September 3 and September 4, however, most of the mentions (tweets, retweets, and replies) have seemingly since been deleted or removed.

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Past work on disinformation in Latin America

The Digital Forensic Research Lab and Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center—in partnership with local think thanks, media, and fact-checking organizations—worked to identify, expose, and explain disinformation in the lead-up to elections in Colombia, Mexico and Brazil in 2018 and 2019. The cross-border effort supported democratic institutions and fostered digital resilience through engagement and capacity-building. The Atlantic Council will continue monitoring disinformation in elections to strengthen digital resilience around elections. Check out the #ElectionWatch Latin America work.

Disinformation in democracies

2018 saw political tides turn in three of Latin America’s largest democracies. These elections also saw deep polarization and distrust in institutions among Brazilians, Mexicans, and Colombians in an information environment ripe with disinformation. And while disinformation and misinformation are nothing new, the spread of false information at alarming rates – facilitated by politicians, non-state actors, or even our own families and friends – are more effective and worrisome than ever. With this trend unlikely to change, how can we detect and combat this borderless phenomenon? What’s next in the fight against disinformation?

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Likes from Afar in Oaxaca

Inauthentic activity originating from South Asian Facebook accounts artificially inflated the number of Facebook “likes” on social media content for and about the Government of the State of Oaxaca in México.

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Partisan Debate and Electoral Violence in Brazil

On October 7, a few hours after the polls closed in Brazil and a runoff between the far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro and leftist Fernando Haddad was announced, capoeira master Moa do Katende was stabbed to death in a bar.

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Claims of Electronic Voting Fraud Circulate in Brazil

Ahead of Brazil’s presidential election on October 7 vote, false narratives about electronic voting fraud have spiked and deepened mistrust as citizens head to the polls. The narrative has been amplified by the far-right frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro, who claimed the voting system is rigged in favor of the leftist Worker’s Party (PT).

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