A global report warning of the growth of the manipulation of the government in social networks


  • This is the seventh consecutive year of overall decline of internet freedom, according to the annual study published by the organization Freedom House.
  • The tactics of manipulation and disinformation in the network played an important role in the elections in at least 18 countries, including the united States.
  • “Freedom on the internet 2017” assesses the situation in 65 countries between June 2016 and may of this year.

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Many governments around the world have increased “dramatically” their attempts to manipulate the information in the social networking , what contributed to this is the seventh consecutive year of overall decline of freedom in the internet, according to the annual report published by the independent organization Freedom House, based in Washington, and tracks the state of freedom, democracy and human rights in the world.

The tactics of manipulation and disinformation in the network played an important role in the elections at least 18 countries, including united States, “is what damaged the ability of citizens to choose their leaders on the basis of news and objective discussions true”, indicates the document.

The report “Freedom on the internet by 2017”, which was presented this Tuesday in Washington, focuses on the period between June 2016 and may of this year and assessed the situation in 65 countries, that make up the 87% of internet users in the world.

“The manipulation of online content contributed to a seventh consecutive year of overall decline in internet freedom, together with an increase in outages of internet and mobile increased attacks by physical and technical against Human Rights defenders and independent media”, he concludes.

The governments of a total of 30 countries have deployed “some form of manipulation” to distort the information on the internet, seven more than the 23 of the previous period. “The commentators paid, trolls, bots, sites of false news and propaganda media were some of the techniques used by the leaders to inflate their popular support and essentially avail themselves,” the study says.

most of The governments are focused on public opinion within their own boundaries, but other “sought to expand their interests abroad, exemplified by a campaign of disinformation by russia to influence the us elections“.

Less than a quarter of the users of the network of the world lies in countries where this is designated as “free,” which, according to the parameters of Freedom House means “there are no major obstacles to the access, burdensome restrictions of content or serious violations of the rights of the users such as surveillance without a control or an unfair impact by the legitimate speech”.

Spain is not in the report

For the third year in a row, China was “the worst abuser” of internet freedom in the world, followed by Syria and Ethiopia.

From June 2016, 32 of the 65 countries analyzed saw an erosion in their situation and setbacks more notable recorded the Ukraine, Egypt and Turkey.

Spain does not appear in the report, nor a number of other countries in southern Europe such as Portugal and Greece, and Latin America highlighting the worsening of the situation in Venezuela, Mexico and Ecuador.

the Internet in Venezuela went on to be declared “not free” in the report because it reduced access, increased censorship, and there were blockades and technical attacks against the media and Ngos.

Mexico to denounce the “practices of unlawful surveillance,” collected in the investigations which revealed “that the spyware of the Government attacked so abusive to the people involved in the investigation of corruption and Human Rights abuses”.

And on Ecuador points out that during the electoral campaign of the presidential elections were hacked social networking accounts of politicians, journalists and activists of the opposition” for “spreading misinformation”.


A global report warning of the growth of the manipulation of the government in social networks
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