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EDMO BELUX NETWORK EVENT ON MAY 3: From antivax to war propaganda

From antivax to war propaganda:
A global disinformation switch visible in Belgium

What makes online disinformation such a threat to democracy is its seemingly inexhaustible capacity to adapt, spread and evolve to match the most polarizing issues.

Recent years have taught us just how efficiently misleading stories internalize world-shocking events such as pandemics or wars, twisting facts and re-appropriating evidence in support of malicious political agendas. 

During this webinar, we will present our first EDMO BELUX investigation, which covers the dominant 
social media narratives that span the coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine. While the study has a European scope, it zooms in on some Dutch-speaking Telegram accounts which quickly switched from infodemic to infowar messages. 

The authors, 
Maria Giovanna Sessa, Senior Researcher at EU DisinfoLab, and Tom Willaert, Postdoctoral Researcher at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, will share the outcomes of their study.

There will be a Q&A session at the end of the session during which you can ask all your questions!