Disinformation shapes perceptions, misleads public opinion, and distorts political discourse. Fake news and manipulative content about migrants and refugees are particularly widespread. To further divide society, such fake news often targets people’s concerns and emotions, their values and beliefs. As a result, fears are amplified and perceptions distorted. Moreover, fake news usually spread faster than facts, so that after salient events, it is not facts but often disinformation and divisive narratives that dominate the discourse. This can become a danger to the cohesion of society and democracy itself. But how to counteract disinformation effectively?
To this end, FEPS, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the Brussels-based think tank European Policy Centre (EPC) engaged in a multiannual research project. The aim was to assess current countermeasures against disinformation and to develop and provide guidance regarding progressive strategies and further steps on how to improve EU, national and civil society action against disinformation.
Is it time to turn down the volume on the migration debate?
by IPS Journal 13/11/2023
IPS Journal article about FEPS policy briefs 'Communicating on migration'
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