Online media fuelling divisions, global tensions: report
France24 says unregulated online content has spread disinformation and propaganda that have amplified political divisions worldwide, fanned international tensions and even contributed to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a media watchdog warned Tuesday.
Reporters Without Borders said democratic societies are increasingly fractured by social media spreading disinformation and more opinion media pursuing a so-called “Fox News model”, referring to the controversial right-wing television network in the United States.
At the same time, despotic and autocratic regimes that tightly control information in their societies are using their “asymmetric” position to wage “propaganda wars” against democracies and fuel divisions within them, the watchdog said in the 2022 edition of its annual World Press Freedom Index.
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