Academics launch network against disinformation and fraud amid election season – Manila bulletin
To fight for fair and pro-popular elections in 2022, members of the university community from various public and private institutions launched an anti-disinformation and anti-fraud group on Wednesday, November 17.
Called ABKD or “Akademya at Bayan Laban sa Disimpormasyon at Dayaan”, the group aims to fight, among other things, against discrimination and electoral fraud, in particular with the rise of disinformation on social networks and the persistence of voter intimidation tactics. in the field.
“The 2022 elections are a turning point in the political history of our country,” the group said in a statement.
“We are not only facing an unprecedented amount of deceptive and malicious propaganda, but the continued threat of corruption and human rights violations, and the possible return of dictatorship,” he added. .
Along with other groups and sectors, ABKD aims to defend the welfare and democratic rights of the Filipino people.
ABKD will focus on verifying the facts of the claims of candidates and their supporters and on combating disinformation in social media and other platforms.
The group also aims to organize webinars, meetings and other activities for voter education and empowerment and has provided information to election observers on incidents of fraud, intimidation, harassment and others. forms of electoral violations.
ABKD also pledged that it will work “to ensure the protection of the ability of the people to make free and informed decisions for the next elections.”
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