07 Oct 2019 Polish Parliamentary Elections followed through Facebook disinformation channels
The initial research regarding pro-Kremlin disinformation and propaganda in the context of the election to the Polish parliament shows that so far there is less activity in this regard than during the campaign in the run-up to the European Parliament elections. Could this be to the predictability of the outcome?
Several days prior to election day, both parties/coalitions leading in the polls are being targeted with negative comments on Facebook. Koalicja Obywatelska (Civic Coalition), which is second in all of the available polls, was portrayed negatively 24 times, while the favourite to win on the 13th of October – the ruling Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (Law and Justice) party, received 15 negative posts from the analysed channels. Other parties/coalitions were almost ignored by the monitored outlets.
Based on data from ZoomSphere, 14 most relevant pro-Kremlin disinformation/propaganda channels in Poland on Facebook were identified based on the following criteria: the number of fans, the number of people talking about the page (see below), and information provided about the parliamentary campaign. Facebook pages were monitored, excluding those officially or unofficially linked to specific candidates. 121 posts relevant to the Polish parliamentary elections were analysed within the timeframe of September 1 – October 6,
Read the policy brief: Polish Parliamentary Elections followed through Facebook disinformation channels (pdf)
The Euro-Atlantic Association is a partner organisation in a project entitled “Strengthening Public Diplomacy in Central Europe“. The project is supported by the National Endowment for Democracy, and coordinated by Globsec, while it is implemented by the following V4 think tanks: Globsec, Political Capital, the Prague Security Studies Institute and the Euro-Atlantic Association.
SEE ALSO: monitoring of Facebook outlets before the elections to the European Parliament: https://sea.org.pl/en/publications/