Advocacy group says social media manipulation by governments on the rise

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Such tactics are also being used more generally by governments to inflate their own popularity, with paid commentators, trolls, bots, fake news sites and propaganda outlets all common tactics, according to the report.

Freedom House, a global organisation working for the expansion of freedom and democracy, conducted the survey titled "Freedom on the Net" assessing 65 countries including Bangladesh on their levels of internet and digital media freedom.

"The use of paid commentators and political bots to spread government propaganda was pioneered by China and Russian Federation but has now gone global", said Michael Abramowitz, president of Freedom House.

"The use of paid commentators and political bots to spread government propaganda was pioneered by China and Russian Federation but has now gone global", said Freedom House president Michael Abramowitz, adding that the rapid spread of such techniques is "potentially devastating" for democracy. In the Philippines, the government has employed a "keyboard army", who have the task of boosting news regarding the government's crackdown on drug dealing in the country. "Not only is this manipulation hard to detect, it is more hard to combat than other types of censorship, such as website blocking, because it's dispersed and because of the sheer number of people and bots deployed to do it".

The report comes after an alleged Russia-led campaign was exposed during 2016's U.S. presidential election campaign - shining a bright light on similar, seemingly state-backed, cases of cyber-meddling.

Sanja Kelly, director of the Freedom on the Net project, explained such manipulation is often hard to detect, and "more difficult to combat than other types of censorship, such as website blocking".

Governments in at least 14 countries actually restricted internet freedom in a bid to address content manipulation.

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"When trying to combat online manipulation from overseas, it is important for countries not to overreach", Kelly said.

China was the worst offender among the 65 nations assessed, followed by Ethiopia and Syria. Let's hope that number increases before the internet becomes a real-life version if 1984.

However, high prices for services, inadequate infrastructure, and slow internet speeds remain obstacles, particularly for those in rural areas or with low incomes.

Freedom House expressed concern over growing restrictions on VPNs - virtual private networks which allow circumvention of censors - which are now in place in 14 countries.

Most countries saw a decline in their internet freedom score, including the United States and UK, which now sit in sixth and ninth place.

But the most worrying figure remains journalists attacked offline for content they shared online. Freedom House tracks the status of freedom, democracy and human rights in the world.

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