Misinformation spreads on Facebook just weeks ahead of Georgia runoff elections

Tech 4-12-2020 Mashable 31
Misinformation spreads on Facebook just weeks ahead of Georgia runoff elections

The U.S. election season isn’t over yet. With two runoff elections in Georgia deciding which party has control of the Senate, all eyes are now on the state.

Unfortunately, that includes nefarious actors and misinformation spreaders.

A new study by the nonprofit activist organization Avaaz found that Facebook is currently failing at curbing the spread of falsehoods attempting to influence the outcome of these very important elections.

Avaaz looked at 204 different Facebook posts, peddling 12 different types of election misinformation, for the report. In total, these posts had racked up a combined 643,406 interactions by November 20. Basically, these posts containing misinformation are receiving lots of comments, likes, and shares. Read more...

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