Since Donald Trump was elected to the White House in late 2016, and the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, the power of fake news has terrified political analysts. A new study by a group of researchers at Ohio State University concluded that fake news had a significant impact on American voters both in 2012 and in 2016 – dissuading traditionally Democrat voters from even showing up to the polls.
In Brazil, the Electoral Justice system has shown deep concerns about the power of false information online. That’s partially because, according to ComScore, Brazilians spend 25 percent of their online time on Facebook, and 49 percent of us get our news from the internet. Since 2014, social media bots have been widely used in Brazil to influence the electorate (you can read more about this here). And their presence in the 2018 election is expected to be even greater.