Last updated: Oct. 7, 2022.
Following Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s resignation in July 2022, the Italian government announced that Italy would hold an early general election, on Sept. 25, 2022. NewsGuard, along with Italian fact-checker Facta.news, one of its partners at the Italian Digital Media Observatory (IDMO), a project funded by the European Commission, has since been monitoring and reporting on the top myths surrounding the vote that have spread on Italian social media and on news sites.
For the first several weeks after the election was announced, NewsGuard did not find a spike in election misinformation. However, as Sept. 25 approached, especially in the final few weeks of the campaign, NewsGuard uncovered a spate of false or misleading election-related narratives. The false and misleading narratives NewsGuard has identified include:
- Myths about alleged fraud in the mail-in ballots to vote from abroad.
- Myths misrepresenting political parties’ platforms and agendas, public figures’ statements, and polling data.
- Myths about the functioning of the electoral system.
This page includes summaries and debunks of the election-related myths identified by NewsGuard’s team of journalists, who will continue to track false and misleading election information, including after the election.