In contemporary society, the information is quickly spread and without a strict control of its veracity and origin. Both in Brazil and in Europe, the false news dissemination during an election campaign can jeopardize the fairness of results and affect the network environment at the social media. Misinformation is intentionally used as a campaign strategy; a situation that is reinforced in a context in which mass media suffers a legitimacy crisis.
The disinformation environment provided by the false news distorts the facts and may modify citizens opinions and affect the basic principles of democracy.
The International Seminar Brazil - European Union: Fake News - Experiences and Challenges was promoted by the Higher Electoral Court, through its Academy of Democracy, and by the Delegation of the European Union in Brazil, within the framework of the European Union - Brazil, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Planning, Development and Management.
The event had the participation of Brazilian and European experts on fake news, and, among others, the presence of Minister Luiz Fux - President of the Superior Electoral Court and Minister of the Federal Supreme Court, Raquel Dodge, Attorney General, Gustavo do Vale Rocha, Minister of State for Human Rights, Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and Ambassador João Gomes Cravinho, Ambassador of the European Union to Brazil.
During the Seminar several panels considered the theme:
- News: a new challenge for Democracy;
- The Electoral Justice and the Fake News;
- Disinformation and the European experience;
- Fake News: Legal and Technological Measures;
- Fake News: a Media and Civil Society Vision;
- Fake News: Social Networks and Digital Platforms.
See the Seminar vídeo here