Disguised Propaganda from Digital to Social Media

  • Johan FarkasEmail author
  • Christina Neumayer
Living reference work entry


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, this 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.


Disguised propaganda Manipulation Disinformation Fake news Deception Social media 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Arts and CommunicationMalmö UniversityMalmöSweden
  2. 2.Digital Design DepartmentIT University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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