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Computer specialists of the misinformation team take part in the NATO-led cyber war games 'Locked Shields 2023' in Tallinn, Estonia April 18, 2023. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

Disinformation: Is democracy under threat?

Published: August 23, 2023

From falsehoods about climate change to deepfakes around elections, populism and fake news on social media are fueling a global recession of democracy, researchers and activists warn.

Poor content moderation around disinformation and hate speech - coupled with a boom in artificial intelligence - can also disproportionately affect marginalised communities, prompting calls for tougher action by big tech to enforce disinformation policies.

Here’s a collection of our stories on what growing disinformation means for democracy.