Samantha Bradshaw appeared on BBC Radio to discuss “Mexico’s Fake News Problem.”
This year Mexico will hold both its presidential and congressional election at the same time. With such high stakes, political parties are being accused of systemically using bots and cyber trolls to spreadonline propaganda – even though they deny this. Researchers and activists have catalogued examples of bots and troll farms being used to promote specific candidates. Initiatives such as Verificado 2018 and the blog Lo Que Sigue (“What’s Next”) are popping up around the country to help combat the spread of fake news and online propaganda. But will such efforts have any impact?