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Don’t be fooled

Open debates, differences of opinion, and the freedom to try to persuade others, are vital parts of a functioning democracy. As citizens, we expect this kind of communication to adhere to certain rules. For example, we expect it to be open, based on correct and verified information, and presented in a way that makes it possible for people to think through their choices and make informed decisions.

False and deceptive information exploits weaknesses in our societies to disrupt the public discourse. A foreign power can knowingly interfere in Sweden’s national affairs, with the purpose to try to sow division and distrust between citizens and between the citizens and the state.

Signs to look for if you suspect information to be false or deceptive: it is deliberately misleading and often has a hidden purpose, it targets our societal weaknesses, and serves to disrupt the public discourse and weaken our trust in society.