Disguised Propaganda from Digital to Social Media

Johan Farkas, Christina Neumayer

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Disguised propaganda and political deception in digital media have been studied since the early days of the World Wide Web. At the intersection of internet research and propaganda studies, this chapter explores disguised propaganda on websites and social media platforms. Based on a discussion of key concepts and terminology, the chapter outlines how new modes of deception and source obfuscation emerge in digital and social media environments, and how this development complicates existing conceptual and epistemological frameworks in propaganda studies. The chapter concludes by arguing that contemporary challenges of detecting and countering disguised propaganda can only be resolved, if social media companies are held accountable and provide the necessary support for user contestation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecond International Handbook of Internet Research
Number of pages17
Publication date2018
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-024-1202-4
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Digital Propaganda
  • Political Deception
  • Source Obfuscation
  • Social Media Accountability
  • Epistemological Frameworks


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