Midterm elections finds false information a potent threat to democracy

Experts on the spread of lies on social media expressed alarm about the way that false information continues to proliferate, defying attempts to stifle them, before the crucial midterm elections. “Voters must now sift through not only an ever-growing torrent of lies and falsehoods about candidates and their policies, but also information on when and where to vote,” write Steven Lee Myers and Sheera Frenkel in The New York Times, October 20, 2022.

The lies by former President Donald Trump that the 2020 election was stolen has stoked the fires of election threats targeting poll workers and voters. Foreign influence remains a major threat. (Reuters, October 17, 2022, by Zeba Siddiqui and Christopher Bing)

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