The latest report from the EU Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) sheds light on some troubling developments in this election. What’s catching their attention is a growing disinformation problem that’s causing quite a stir. At the center of this concern is an online platform known as Dhiyares, which appears to have its sights set on the current administration.
According to the EU EOM, Dhiyares is playing a significant role in orchestrating this disinformation campaign. But it’s not just them in the spotlight. The EU EOM has discovered a network of Twitter and Meta accounts associated with social media influencers who have been actively involved in spreading false information, launching personal attacks, and making unfounded allegations.
Things took a turn for the worse when the opposition accused the ruling party of manipulating re-registration applications. The Maldives Elections Commission promptly denied these allegations, but they fueled the disinformation campaign even further. People started sharing misleading polls and false information on Twitter, all in the name of politics.
The EU EOM also observed a significant level of manipulation taking place. The online landscape became intensely polarized, with numerous misleading stories circulating about the candidates’ policies. Additionally, political party affiliates joined the fray, spreading false information about the presence of Indian troops in the Maldives. This issue escalated, with some suggesting it was a vote on the country’s sovereignty.
In a nutshell, the EU EOM is genuinely concerned about the disinformation campaign led by Dhiyares and the widespread disinformation and polarization evident online during this election. It’s a complex and challenging situation, underscoring the importance of staying informed and making well-informed decisions for all involved.