On the 3rd of April, a Citizens’ Dialogue took place at the Commune Office of Stare Babice.
The following panellists took part in the dialogue: Mr Robert Sołtyk - European Commission, Directorate-General for Communication.. Prof Marta Witkowska - Head of the Department of Law and European Institutions of the University of Warsaw,Team Europe . Mr Marcin Antosiewicz - lecturer at the University of Warsaw and the Vistula Academy of Finance and Business, former TVP correspondent in Germany. As a moderator : Mr Andrzj Godlewski – journalist and lecturer at the SWPS.
In politics, disinformation, manipulation and propaganda have always existed. The Internet has changed their scale, range and impact on the course of events.
Never in such a short time did they reach so many people / voters. The narratives and photos that conquered the virtual world decide more and more about what politics and ideas will prevail in the real world.
And social media, with which at the beginning hopes for greater democratization of public debate, grew on the largest platform for fake news, and thus became a threat to democracy.
"80 percent false information about the policies of EU member states is produced in the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, " Robert Sołtyk stated at a meeting in Stare Babice referring to a report on fake news from French experts.
"The purpose of disinformation is to polarize societies, to interfere with their internal and among themselves. The so-called troll factories, or people sitting in offices in St. Petersburg and writing in false languages in social media, false information on political topics that evoke emotions ", added Robert Sołtyk