President Trump has repeatedly made misleading and false statements about mail-in ballots, the vote-counting process and more. Some of his supporters and members of the conservative media have, too. Social platforms like Twitter and Facebook have tried to limit the…
One tweet that went viral relied on outdated figures from 2018 to wrongly claim that the number of votes cast in the state exceeded the number of registered voters.
By Amanda Seitz, Associated Press
Election Day came and went without any overt signs of foreign interference affecting the vote, but that doesn’t mean the risk has faded.
By Eric Tucker, Ben Fox, Associated Press
Ahead of the election, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube promised to clamp down on election misinformation, up to and including unsubstantiated charges of fraud and premature declarations of victory by candidates.
By Matt O'Brien, Mae Anderson, Associated Press
By Amanda Seitz, Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press
Misleading claims have spread for hours on social media about polling machine outages in Scranton and a poll worker destroying ballots cast for President Donald Trump.
By Christina A. Cassidy, Anthony Izaguirre, Associated Press
Election Day in the U.S. is unfolding like no other, with nearly 100 million Americans having already cast their ballots before polls opened. Voters took advantage of absentee balloting and early in-person voting amid a pandemic that has killed more…
By Ali Swenson, Associated Press
It turns out he was, indeed, in Minnesota. The video that was shared had been altered to change the text on a sign and the podium to refer to Tampa, Florida, instead of Minnesota.
This election year is seeing increased attention and scrutiny regarding social media platforms -- and how they can be manipulated to spread misinformation. But the greater level of awareness hasn’t stopped the practices, either. And the battles over content moderation…
By William Brangham, Lorna Baldwin
Social media plays a major role in shaping current American political discourse. During a Senate hearing Wednesday, executives from leading online platforms were criticized by lawmakers for their companies’ records on limiting the spread of misinformation. William Brangham explores how…
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