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Campaigning for facts

Manifesto

Dear Community,

Targeted fake news and disinformation campaigns are a real threat to the stability of our economies, to the functioning of our democracies, and to our ability to protect the environment, for example, in the face of the great challenges of climate change.

It has long been too easy for the spreaders of misinformation to polarize our societies on vital issues, such as dealing with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Important policy decisions on climate change have been negatively influenced using misinformation and critical future projects have been hindered, such as the modernization of our increasingly congested wireless infrastructure that we depend on for our daily communications and for innovative solutions to climate change. 

Although all the evidence for factual information can be found online, today’s social networks accelerate the spread of misinformation at the expense of unbiased and credible information. This is based on their business model. Raising anger keeps people on their platforms and this allows them to raise their revenues from advertising. We can find legitimate resources through scientific organizations and fact-checking websites, but they are not actively disseminated on the Internet. ReclaimTheFacts came to fill that void.

Our work started by exposing the various myths, sources, and techniques including the Kremlin’s strategies to destabilize Western democracies, by spreading fake news and causing doubts and mistrust in institutions and the traditional media, across vital issues such as COVID-19, vaccination, 5G and climate change as early as October 2020. E.g. The article published in 2020: Russia is Weaponizing Conspiracy Theories

Today, this has changed. First, misinformation and now disinformation is a recurring topic in the media and the public is aware of the fact that you can’t really trust what you read and what you see, unless it comes from a really reliable source. 

However, as much as we can celebrate this success, being dependent on hopefully trustworthy gatekeepers still leaves the public vulnerable to misinformation to a certain extent. What if ownership of trustworthy source changes and misinformation finds its way through the new owner? 

The conclusion is that it’s vital today to educate the public on the various manipulation techniques & strategies so that they can easily discover when they are themselves exposed to propaganda and disinformation. It’s not only crucial for the public to know how to evaluate the trustworthiness of any new piece of information but also to learn and understand the techniques used against them. 

THIS IS NOW OUR NEW MISSION, RECLAIMTHEFACTS 2.0

ReclaimTheFacts is a platform, a slogan and a movement

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One thought on “Manifesto

  1. In der Zwischenzeit ist Schweden auf der Liste der Staaten mit erhöhtem Ansteckungsrisiko und bei der Einreise in die Schweiz muss man in die Quarantäne.

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