Election 2022: learn how to report fake news on the TSE and on social media

Fake news: learn how to report it. Credits: Pixabay and Arte A Gazeta

Have you received a WhatsApp message and think there is someone else with that information? Have you ever seen a post on social media and thought it wasn’t real? Have you viewed a message that was reported to be false? These facts are popular fake news, which can fight with your help.

The first step, when the truth of any information is not trusted, it will not be given. And as important as breaking the chain of fake news is, especially this election season, disinformation is used to discredit candidates for the benefit of others. next, without balancing the argument.

False or misleading information can be reported directly to the Election Commission, but also to the network itself. This is important, because each site has an analytical method to identify and remove fake news, hiding or deleting this information.

With that thought, Passando a Limpo, a the Gazette, compiles a step-by-step guide on reporting false information to the General Election Commission (TSE) and in the media. See below:


In the 2022 Elections, the TSE established the Disinformation Alert System Against Elections. Through the tool, it is possible to communicate with the Electoral Commission in the presence of false, decontextualized or falsified news about the Brazilian electoral process.

To submit your complaint, you must access the Alert System on the TSE website. When starting the registration, it is necessary to understand the nature of the complaint and if it affects the selection process. You can share content about:

  • Error detection;
  • Profanity or hatred;
  • The big shot (WhatsApp);
  • Serious disruption of the democratic environment;
  • Evidence of improper conduct;
  • Data leakage/cyber incident;
  • Gender political violence

After understanding the method, simply explain what happened, indicate the site where the message was posted and, if any, note the link to the post with the fake information and maybe bad.

It may present incorrect information about participation in the 2022 General Elections, such as changing the times, places and documents required during the election, for example.

The employer will also receive reports of threats to polling stations, registration offices or Electoral Judges’ offices and unconfirmed information about electoral fraud, fraud and counting of votes or verification of election results.

It may indicate the use of false accounts that use the image of the Election Judge to share false information about the election. Posts with hate speech or any kind of incitement to violence are intended to be against the right to vote and public officials involved in the process may be exposed.

Complaints are sent to the Election Commission’s digital platforms and partner verification agencies in the Program to Combat Misinformation for immediate action against the spread of this type of information online.

According to the TSE, depending on the importance of the case, the reports received can be sent to the Public Electoral Ministry (MPE) and other authorities for the approval of the appropriate legal actions.

Since the purpose of the tool is to gather information about lies about the election and the electoral system that undermines democracy, it does not need to be disclosed. Candidates are not in the Misinformation Alert System.

To report election-related errors or false statements against candidates, the way is to report on the Pardal app, which is now available for download on Google Play and Apple Store.

How to report on SOCIAL networks


Passando a Limpo is looking into the false information published on the internet about the 2022 election in the state until the date of the second round, scheduled for October 30.

The plan, in partnership with Google, is looking at publications with sharing and engagement on major social networks. But the voters have an important role and can send the doubters, those who leave the shower behind their ear, and associated with Espírito Santo.

Only posts and messages where viralization can be confirmed, if the said information can be checked. The Passando and Limpo team will use its own tools to research information such as photos and videos, in addition to consulting official data, public documents and experts in some cases. topic.

After the examination, the result of the examination will be published on the website and social networks of A Gazeta.

The contents will have one of the following seals:

  • Misunderstanding: Information is taken from the original context and used elsewhere in a modified form; using inaccurate data or leading to an interpretation different from the author’s intention; content to confuse, with reckless intent to disturb.
  • lie: It is created or edited to change its original meaning and is released to spread falsehood.
  • Ridicule: Memes, parodies and imitations are published with the intention of making fun. These things will be confirmed when it appears that there are people who will actually take them.
  • Shown: It’s really true; recorded event; certified area; or original content published without editing.

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