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Disinformation and misinformation in the Philippines

<strong>Disinformation and misinformation in the Philippines</strong>
Artwork by Angelo Lopez

By Angelo Lopez

In the Philippines and throughout the world, social media disseminate false information that bolsters the most angry and extreme voices. This deluge of angry voices and misinformation undermines democracy by impeding the capacity of responsible journalism to convey accurate facts, thereby preventing citizens from engaging in a rational discussion about the most pressing political issues facing the nation.

Instead, social media has a tendency to funnel individuals into ideological bubbles where their views are not questioned and they are inundated with conspiracy theories and the demonization of those with whom they disagree. Individuals become more susceptible to groupthink.

Democracies are founded on the notion that individuals with divergent opinions can vigorously debate an issue and be willing to compromise and find common ground when the debate reaches a stalemate. The disinformation campaigns demonise those who disagree with them and eliminate all potential areas of agreement. This renders impossible any kind of reasonable democratic debate in which common ground can be identified and consensus can be reached.###


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