Fake photos of Ukraine’s first lady sunbathing topless, false captions slandering Pakistani feminists with “blasphemy”, and slow-motion videos showing Democrat Nancy Pelosi in a fake “drunk” state. A whole avalanche of misinformation hangs over women in public.
Researchers say that “gender misinformation,” where sexism and misogyny intersect with online falsehoods, targets women ruthlessly around the world, damaging their reputations, undermining their credibility and, in many cases, damaging their careers. said to have hurt
AFP fact-checkers uncovered hoaxes against women in politics and links to prominent politicians, including online campaigns with false information and manipulated images containing sexual content.
Last year, a fake photo of Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska showing herself wearing no bra on a beach in Israel went viral on Facebook, drawing strong criticism.
A reverse search of the images by AFP revealed that the woman in the photo was actually a Russian TV host.
Former US First Lady Michelle Obama and current Frenchwoman Brigitte Macron were also targeted for false posts claiming to have been born male, and were inundated with mockery and transphobic comments.
New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern, who announced her resignation as prime minister in January, also faced a torrent of misinformation.
Maria Giovanna Sessa, a researcher at the EU DisinfoLab, said in a report last year that “women, especially those in leadership and prominent positions, are over-targeted by online misinformation.” I am writing.