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Election 2020: The Battle Against Disinformation

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30.10.2020

Election season is in full swing, and what began as a cautionary tale in 2016 has now become our new reality. During the last presidential election, America faced an onslaught of propaganda, conspiracy theories, and blatant foreign interference. I’d like to say we learned from it. But the truth is, we’re losing the fight against disinformation by a landslide. If anything, the 2020 race is being characterized by better-coordinated attacks, harder-to-detect fakes, partisan news organizations, expanded foreign interference, and the rise of homegrown disinformation groups.

“It seems to be pretty clear that false information outperforms true information,” says Soroush Vosoughi, a data scientist at MIT who has studied fake news since 2013. In 2018, he led a study specifically into disinformation on Twitter. The results were published in Science and are chilling: according to the numbers, a false story reaches audiences roughly six times quicker than a true story does.

It’s clear that “the news” no longer exists. There is no singular voice in America or in the world that enjoys universal trust. Instead, media algorithms and special interest groups have created a polarized society where each person is more likely to be........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)


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