Between sexual objectification and death threats: Electoral officials all over the world face unprecedented levels of disinformation, aggression and harassment - News Summed Up

Between sexual objectification and death threats: Electoral officials all over the world face unprecedented levels of disinformation, aggression and harassment


Disinformation and various forms of aggression and harassment targeting electoral officials in the information environment is a global phenomenon and poses a serious threat to democracy. A key conclusion of the round table discussion is that urgent action is needed to protect electoral officials. Together with election day, these are prime periods across the electoral cycle when ill-intended actors scale up their manipulation strategies, and disinformation, harassment and aggression against electoral officials usually peak. Of particular concern were the increasingly frequent cases where electoral officials worldwide are targeted by disinformation and other forms of online aggression and harassment. Interviews with current or former electoral officials in high visibility roles who confirmed being targeted by disinformation and/or online aggression.


Source: Washington Post November 24, 2022 13:50 UTC



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