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Disinformation is understood as a verifiably false or misleading information that is created, presented and disseminated for economic gain or to intentionally deceive the public, and maybe cause public harm[1]. The EU elections are going to take place between 23-26 of May 2019 and the EU has already expressed its concerns about a possible disinformation campaign and spread of fake news by Russia[2]. This concern is linked with the fact that Russia has been accused of alleged disinformation campaign during the latest elections in the USA and France, as well as the UK’s referendum on Brexit[3]. Now, it is time for the EU to secure the upcoming elections by investing millions of euros for this sensitive matter.

 

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[1] https://eeas.europa.eu/sites/eeas/files/action_plan_against_disinformation.pdf

[2] https://www.thenewfederalist.eu/european-elections-russia-and-fake-news-under-commission-s-scrutiny

[3] https://www.euractiv.com/section/elections/news/how-france-successfully-countered-russian-interference-during-the-presidential-election/

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/16/qa-russian-hackers-vladimir-putin-donald-trump-us-presidential-election

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2018/10/17/russian-iranian-twitter-trolls-sent-10-million-tweets-fake-news/

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