09/28/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/28/2023 07:34
September 28, 2023
WASHINGTON - Today, GreenLatinos and Friends of the Earth released a report(Spanish version here) produced by the network research firm Graphika that uncovers alarming anti-renewable energy narratives targeting Spanish-speaking communities online. This report builds upon a 2022 reportthat first identified the online networks spreading climate disinformation to these communities. This year's analysis specifically mapped accounts engaging with anti-renewables content and reaffirmed earlier findings that 1) most content originates in Spain, 2) that climate disinformation is embedded in broader right-wing culture narratives, and 3) proliferation of disinformation occurs alongside recent extreme weather events.
Rumores Renovableswill be featured at an in-person paneldiscussion hosted by GreenLatinos on September 28th at 12:30pm EST, at the TelevisaUnivision building in Washington D.C.. The panel features disinformation researchers and policy experts who will weigh in on how this new study relates to their current research..
"Rumores Renovablesfurther proves that climate disinformation is a problem that transcends languages," said Edder-Diaz Martinez, Communications Manager at GreenLatinos, "A small, radical minority is spreading lies in vulnerable communities, capitalizing on extreme weather events to sow doubt in renewable energy, a critical energy source that can save us from future climate disasters. Social media companies must stop treating Spanish speaking communities as second-class citizens and start to enforce stronger community standards to reduce this targeted disinformation."
The report's top findings include:
Communications Contact:Erika Seiber, [email protected]