CABO VERDE’S FAKE NEWS ECOSYSTEM: An Overview

This study, which draws on 16 key informant interviews with academics, journalists, lawyers, and social media users and an extensive review of relevant reports, documents, and social media posts, provides one of the first comprehensive overviews of the, increasingly digital, information eco-system in Cabo Verde.

Technology advancements and the emergence of social media have brought the issue of fake news or ‘informações falsas’ (fake information) as it is referred to by citizens of Cabo Verde, to the center of debates on communication and the dissemination of information. Overall, the consensus remains that although the frequency of online fake news is increasing, such information remains largely peripheral. The same analysis applies to newspapers which despite having a political slant are not widely read in the country.