From votes against virus, disinformation campaign targets Latinos | Business

From votes against virus, disinformation campaign targets Latinos |  Business

The disinformation originally promoted in English is translated in places like Colombia, Brazil, Mexico and Nicaragua, then reaches Hispanic voters in the United States. via communications from relatives in these countries. It is often shared via Private whatsapp and Facebook chats and text strings, and is usually small and focused enough that it is difficult to avoid.

“There is a growing concern that this is really part of the immigrant and the first generation information environment for many Latinos in the United States, ”said Dan Restrepo, former senior director of Western Hemisphere affairs at the National Security Council.

Those who run such campaigns in Latin America often cannot vote in the United States, but can influence that country’s family who does.

Kevin McAlister, a …

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