Computational propaganda is here to stay: What to expect in elections in 2022


A torrent of course-changing elections are set to take place around the globe in 2022. In the United States, contentious federal elections are likely to follow similarly fraught contests in 2018. In Brazil, Hungary and India, aspiring authoritarian leaders look to further shift once promising democracies toward illiberalism. In Libya and Lebanon, ongoing conflicts could prevent the establishment of much-needed stability. Digital media will play integral roles in all of these elections. And as political operatives sharpen their digital knives, we argue that three dynamics are prevalent in the spread of election-related computational propaganda: cross-platform communication dynamics, the continued rise of social media influencers in the domain of politics, and false and misleading information fuelling hate speech (and vice versa).