Automated Digital Tools Threaten Political Campaigns in Latin America

(IPS) – The use of technological tools in political campaigns has become widespread in Latin America, accompanied by practices that raise concern among academics and social organisations, especially in a year with multiple elections throughout the region.
Automated programmes, known as “bots”, threaten to smear political campaigns, through massive deceitful messages, which can disrupt the democratic game. Credit:
The use of automated programmes – known as “bots” – to create profiles in social networks intended to offset critical messages, propaganda, the spread of lies and hate campaigns on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp are already the digital daily bread in the region.
For Tommaso Gravante, an academic at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Sciences and Humanities at the National Autonomous University of Mexico,

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