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Tracing the disinformation campaign on mail-in voter fraud

Research from Yochai Benkler, Casey Tilton, Bruce Etling, Hal Roberts, Justin Clark, Robert Faris, Jonas Kaiser, and Carolyn Schmitt shows that elites, mass media play an important role in spreading voting misinformation.

“We constantly talk about social media disinformation, Facebook fact checking, or counterintelligence against Russian interference. But our research suggests that these play a secondary role in the most important disinformation campaign likely to affect voter participation and public perceptions of legitimacy of the election’s outcomes,” Benkler said.

Read the report or read more in The Harvard Gazette and Columbia Journalism Review

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