Incomplete, distorted and false information was widely disseminated on Facebook during the election

Wednesday July 1st, 2020

The Press Institute, with the support of the International Republican Institute and the National Endowment for Democracy, conducted a comprehensive study of the scope and nature of information disseminated to the public during the first parliamentary elections in Mongolia and presented the results.

The survey analyzed and analyzed election-related information disseminated during the official election campaign period, June 2-22, 2020, by two national daily newspapers, two television stations, 10 Facebook pages with the largest number of users, and 10 groups. In order to study the behavior of information recipients, a survey was conducted among 500 urban and rural citizens under the age of 40 on the behavior of receiving, using, critically evaluating, creating, and transmitting information to others.

More than 80 percent of the election-related information disseminated on Facebook during the official election campaign was overt or covert. and biased, exaggerated, incomplete, or distorted information.

There are more than 10 types of techniques used to bring incomplete, distorted, misleading, and misleading information to as many people as possible, and there are more commonly used methods in other countries. The most common of these techniques were exaggeration, over-simplification, ridicule, jokes, comparisons, and emotional blurring to play on users’ emotions.

According to the survey, 88 percent of respondents use Facebook as a major source of information, and about 60 percent of them consider themselves capable of being critical of the media, but “critical” or “critical” of social media. was meant to negate the network as a whole. In addition, 74 percent of the respondents described themselves as “capable of using the media responsibly,” but about 80 percent did not know how to distinguish one-sided information prepared in the form of journalistic news.

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