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Sunday, 14 April 2019

Mozilla's Recommendations To Fight Misinformation

The foundation of the Maxilla software publisher that publishes Firefox offers various digital tools directly integrated into its browser to counter possible attempts to manipulate online voters, in the run-up to the European elections.

In a few weeks, the citizens of the European Union will choose their new deputies who will be elected for five years in the European Parliament. The decisions our future representatives will make will have a direct impact on our digital lives, reminds us of the Mozilla Foundation website. On the other hand, the misleading information and the polarizing messages which swarm on the social networks and the Web, risk to influence the vote of the voters, warns us Sylvestre Ledru, head of the French office of Mozilla: « For us, it seems something extremely important and we have seen it in the different elections in Western countries in recent years ... How can we believe the data found on the internet, how can we identify, disable, or hide them for users? How do we do to use Firefox which for us is a tool to manage its issues, so that it protects you on the internet."

Protect  yourself  from "tracking"

The Mozilla Foundation, therefore, delivers its recommendations to Internet users wishing to no longer undergo these cybernetic influences. First advice, guard against the activities of "tracking". This practice resulting from online commerce consists in observing and analyzing the behavior of Internet users. In the pre-election period, the method accurately identifies the users who would be most likely to share a particular message. Mozilla recommends private browsing to ensure that no information about you or your interests can be collected during your surfing. Mistrust also of political ads that do not display the name of the person or group that paid for the ad and why it targets a particular group.

A fake virality

Another recommendation is to be wary of false amplifications of questionable information that would suddenly take hold on social networks. The amount of "like" or retweets of a content can easily be faked, giving the impression that the shared story is perhaps popular or important. But in reality, it is reinforced by the use of automatic robots that republish constantly the same news. If in doubt, the botcheck.me extension detects on Twitter the accounts that would use these message-rolling robots. Lastly, the foundation recommends that European voters read Raegan MacDonald's blog post, responsible for the public policy of the European Union at Mozilla which indicates many other parries to effectively guard against attempts to misinformation online.

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