International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) presented the first interim report on pre-election social media monitoring.
The report highlighted that increased activity of political parties and candidates is evident on Facebook during the pre-election period. Some of the parties also use Instagram, Telegram, Viber and TikTok as well.
Throughout the research period - from June 1 to August 31 – the organization analyzed 14,290 public posts, on 452 Facebook pages of political parties, majoritarian candidates, political leaders and on 127 official pages of local self-governing bodies. ISFED identified:
16 pages supporting the opposition;
37 pages discrediting the opposition;
11 pages supporting the government;
32 pages openly discrediting the ruling party;
10 fake news pages supporting the government;
2 fake supporting pages targeted against opposition.