All over the world, disinformation has already become a major challenge for even the most powerful countries and organizations, including our allies – the United States, the EU and NATO. Disinformation has become a test for our strategic partners and created an illusory alternative to objective facts for both the mainstream and the alternative media. A reluctant approach to disinformation has already impacted the election results of several countries (such as the USA and the UK), has cost billions of euros and has even created preconditions for strengthening the overall social climate of insecurity.
The EU has joined the fight against disinformation, along with technological giants – Facebook, Google, etc. Until recently, these problems have been treated in a perfunctory manner in Lithuania, even though our country is attacked by disinformation on a daily basis through cyber means and with a continuous flow of disinformation. These attacks range in the tens of thousands of purposeful attacks against the country and its society throughout the year. Misleading news creates confusion, spreads distrust in democratic institutions and the state itself, and causes negative psychological, emotional, and economic consequences. Achieving national and personal security requires better coordination and particular actions and measures.
85% of the 26,576 people in the EU who were surveyed in February 2018 consider disinformation to be a large problem and a threat to democracy. Deliberate disinformation on topical issues is of particular concern. More than a third of respondents (37%) said that they had noticed disinformation almost every day and 31% at least once a week. 85% of respondents perceive disinformation as a problem in their country and 83% perceive it as a problem for democracy in general.
Disinformation includes all forms of false, inaccurate, or misleading information designed, presented and promoted to intentionally cause public harm or to result in profit. It is a way to influence and tendentiously shape public opinion on certain issues throughout written, visual and audio tools, taking parts of information out of context and manipulating the truth.
POWER OF Debunk
The unity of the main media sources in Lithuania (which cover 90% of the Lithuanian population) is our power, as well as elves and the representatives of the state, who are connected and work on the platform together fighting against disinformation in real time.