Mexico Poised for Historic Female Presidency Amid Misinformation Battle

Mexico is on the brink of electing its first female president, but the historic moment is marred by an influx of online misinformation. Leading candidates Claudia Sheinbaum and Xóchitl Gálvez face sexist and false online attacks. The phenomenon highlights the widespread issue of digital misinformation affecting democracies globally.

PTI | Mexicocity | Updated: 01-06-2024 19:11 IST | Created: 01-06-2024 19:11 IST
Mexico Poised for Historic Female Presidency Amid Misinformation Battle

In an unprecedented turn of events, Mexican voters are on the verge of electing the nation's first female president. However, this milestone has been overshadowed by a surge of online misinformation and misogynistic attacks, clouding the line between fact and fiction.

Both leading candidates, Claudia Sheinbaum and Xóchitl Gálvez, have faced derogatory remarks about their appearance and capabilities. As a favorite, Sheinbaum has additionally encountered anti-Semitic slurs and debunked claims about her birthplace. Just this week, a social media account imitating a legitimate news outlet posted an AI-generated audio clip of Sheinbaum purportedly admitting her campaign's failure in a critical Mexican state.

The flood of misinformation highlights how social media, AI, and the internet are distorting public discourse and potentially swaying election outcomes in democracies around the world. According to Manuel Alejandro Guerrero, a communications professor in Mexico City, this trend in Mexico stems from a growing distrust in media, cartel violence, and a surge in social media use combined with low digital literacy. Furthermore, political leaders in Mexico have also been implicated in the spread of disinformation.

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