March 1, 2023

By Maria Giovanna Sessa, EU DisinfoLab


  • The Italian disinformative landscape exploits salient, polarising, and audience-dividing topics. Deceptions are often based on real events and legitimate concerns, which are presented with false, misleading, or inaccurate information. Moreover, the same narratives are cyclically revived to adapt to different crises.
  • Disinformation is regularly used as a political communication tool, transmitted and amplified by politicians, especially from far-right and populist alignments.
  • The lack of legislation to counter disinformation is concerning. Concerns over limiting freedom of speech and giving authorities excessive power stopped previous attempts at regulation, leaving platforms huge margins of decision.

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