Surge in anti-LGBTQ disinformation targets Pride in Europe

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06/24/2023

As Pride events got underway in Europe in June, disinformation and hate speech targeting the LGBTQ community spread across social media, triggering extreme online responses, including incitements to violence. Advocacy groups across Europe said the deluge of toxic content online is part of an overall trend of rising anti-LGBTQ sentiment worldwide. But the community is coming under particular pressure during public events, including those associated with Pride, they noted. The surge in online disinformation and vitriol is all the more worrying after a spate of violence during Pride events last summer in Europe. One social media post in Polish falsely stating that the army would create “LGBT units” was shared across Telegram, Twitter and Facebook in Serbia.

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