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Nov 5, 2019

How is the confidence of politicians affected by the increased use of the internet and social media? What role do so-called alternative facts play in political campaigns? And what does the connection between this new media landscape and the growth of populist parties look like? 

As an increasing proportion of the population acquires news via social media, the need for source criticism becomes greater and to be able to have a constructive democratic conversation we have to share a common idea of what is true and not. But what happens when this fundamental part of the democratic system breaks down?

Award-winning researcher Ekaterina Zhuravskaya is one of the world's most cited researchers. In her research, she has studied, among other things, how the Internet as a phenomenon affects voters' confidence in sitting governments and the support of populist parties. She has also studied the role of so-called alternative facts in voters' worldview and voting patterns, a study conducted in the context of the French presidential election in 2017.

In this seminar from SNS, she talks about her research on the interaction between politics, social media and fake news.