Veracity pledge or discreditation strategy? Accusations of legacy disinformation in presidential campaigns in Cabo Verde

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Abstract

This study constitutes an original contribution to the understanding of how disinformation gains traction in election campaigning by dwelling on yet to be studied case of the 2016 presidential elections in Cabo Verde. Based upon the results of a qualitative analysis focused on the dynamics of legacy disinformation–that is, false or misleading information diffused by the candidates themselves–across platforms, it concludes that besides not being channel-specific, the incumbency and frontrunner status of one of the candidates can be seen as a specific driver of disinformation used to facilitate the election success.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-214
Number of pages14
JournalThe Southern Communication Journal
Volume86
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Cabo Verde
  • Legacy disinformation
  • Political campaigning
  • Presidential elections
  • Spin and lies

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