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Securing German Democracy

In the final six weeks of the election the 2021 German Federal Elections, ActiveFence observed an almost 200% increase in novel misleading trends and narratives in the German ecosystem. In this report, we share the narratives that aimed to: 

  • Damage political social solidarity: polarize political opinions, by conditioning users to the notion that right-wing people are repressed by a corrupt liberal elite, and a political judiciary.
  • Undermine trust in the media: convince users that the media is biased against the truth and part of a conspiracy against the public, strengthening the hand of information operation.
  • Weaken trust in the electoral process: convince the public that the election process is unfair, which can lead to groups refusing to abide by the results of the election, believing a fraud to have occurred
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Ariella Rothschild

Ariella is a content marketer at ActiveFence. In her ten years of marketing and writing experience for NGOs and startups, Ariella has focused on disinformation, health, and women's rights content. At ActiveFence, Ariella develops Trust & Safety resources on industry best practices, policy, and regulation.