Online Platform Responses to Election Misinformation

With the 2022 midterm elections drawing nigh, New America has released the report, Misleading Information and the Midterms: How Platforms are Addressing Misinformation and Disinformation Ahead of the 2022 U.S. Elections.  Using a set of metrics established in an earlier report by New America’s Open Technology Institute, the authors evaluate Facebook/Instagram, Google, Pinterest, Reddit, Snap, TikTok, Twitter, WhatsApp, and YouTube to establish their “progress towards tackling misleading election information, [noting] which platforms are falling behind, and [discussing] where companies need to invest more resources.”

The platforms were judged against the following scorecard items:

  1. Sharing Authoritative Information and Promoting Informed User Decision-Making;
  2. Moderating and Curating Misleading Information;
  3. Tackling Misleading Advertising; and
  4. Providing Meaningful Transparency and Accountability.

While some platforms have improved in various areas mentioned above, plenty still have gaps in their defenses against the spread of misinformation and disinformation.  Read the report to see how your most frequented platforms measure up.

For more resources related to this piece, check out HSDL’s In Focus on Disinformation

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