Italy’s Five Star Movement is rejecting Russia/Putin-conspiracy claims by the establishment against it similar to those the US establishment is making about Trump.
Matteo Renzi, the leader of the governing Democratic Party (PD), has appealed to social networks over what he describes as a campaign of misinformation ahead of Italy’s election in the spring.
He called attention in particular to websites that publish stories favourable to the M5S and to the far-right Northern League, both of which are hoping to ride a swell of populism among Italian voters.
Renzi has cited investigations published by the New York Times and Buzzfeed in the past week that looked into possible connections between various partisan sites, some pro-M5S and other pro-League. Despite backing different parties, certain sites were found to have the same Google ID numbers, which can – but does not necessarily – indicate that they are run by the same webmaster.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Italy (IT) is estimated to have a population of 60.7 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 0.1% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 0.3 million.