A Study of Misinformation in WhatsApp groups with a focus on the Brazilian Presidential Elections.

  title={A Study of Misinformation in WhatsApp groups with a focus on the Brazilian Presidential Elections.},
  author={Caio Machado and Beatriz Kira and Vidya Priyadarshini Narayanan and Bence Kollanyi and Philip N. Howard},
  journal={Companion Proceedings of The 2019 World Wide Web Conference},
  • Caio Machado, B. Kira, P. Howard
  • Published 13 May 2019
  • Political Science
  • Companion Proceedings of The 2019 World Wide Web Conference
There are rising concerns over the spread of misinformation in WhatsApp groups and the potential impact on political polarization, hindrance of public debate and fostering acts of political violence. As social media use becomes increasingly widespread, it becomes imperative to study how these platforms can be used to as a tool to spread propaganda and manipulate audience groups ahead of important political events. In this paper, we present a grounded typology to classify links to news sources… 

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