European media is reporting on the growing issue of disinformation about the US election in Europe. According to the Euronews report, Russian-backed media outlets are participating in spreading this disinformation:
December 8, 2020 The certification of election results was never a big story in the US, let alone in Europe — until this year. With accusations of massive voter fraud alive and well, the accompanying legal process is now presented by many as the ultimate test of American democracy. Almost a month after election day in the United States, misinformation about voting continues to flourish online — in the US of course, but in Europe, too. And just as it threatens the essence of American democracy, it is also threatening to sow distrust in the electoral process in Europe ahead of crucial elections. NewsGuard, a company that rates the credibility of news and information sites, has counted more than 40 French, Italian and German-language websites that published false claims about the 2020 U. S. election. “We all knew that the US Democrats were planning to manipulate the elections… But what has happened in the last few days goes beyond what even those who feared electoral fraud expected, in scale and audacity,” wrote a German blog on November 5. On November 26, a French far-right website explained why “the ongoing coup” in the US was “threatening the world”. The coup that the site was referring to was not the unsubstantiated claims by President Trump and his supporters to overturn a legitimate election but to the election itself. In Germany and France, Russian outlets RT and Sputnik, known for publishing false information to disparage Russia’s rivals, joined in on the conspiracies.
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Relevant Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) report has included:
- An earlier report today on an EU digital initiative to fight disinformation, focusing on election integrity among other issues.
- A report last month that pro-Russian media has been claiming that the US democracy is an illusion, that the election was fraudulent, and thus the US has no right to lecture others about human rights or democracy.
- A report last month that intelligence officials and analysts have concluded that Russia may be shifting the vehicle for its influence operations from the use of so-called troll farms and fake social media accounts to state-backed media