“Lawsuits arrive for networks and lawyers who backed Donald Trump; Dominion and Smartmatic allege that conspiracy theories involving their products are defamatory”

Smart Steve Mazie in The Economist: The First Amendment grants plenty of room for robust debate; plaintiffs seeking damages for defamatory statements face an appropriately steep climb. On the rare occasions when libel or slander claims stick, the defamed entity … Continue reading

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“Do Facebook, Twitter and YouTube censor conservatives? Claims ‘not supported by the facts,’ new research says”

USA Today: Despite repeated charges of anti-conservative bias from former President Trump and other GOP critics, Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube are not slanted against right-leaning users, a new report out of New York University found.Like previous research, “False Accusation: The Unfounded Claim that Social Media … Continue reading

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“‘They Have Not Legitimately Won’: Pro-Trump Media Keeps the Disinformation Flowing

NYT: Forgoing any appeals for healing or reflection, right-wing media organizations that spread former President Donald J. Trump’s distortions about the 2020 election continued on Wednesday to push conspiracy theories about large-scale fraud, with some predicting more political conflict in the months … Continue reading

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“Misinformation Amplifiers Target Georgia Senate Races; The conservative social media personalities who spread baseless rumors of election fraud are starting to focus on the races that will decide control of the Senate.”

NYT: Two weeks ago, the conservative media personalities Diamond and Silk falsely claimed on their Facebook page that people who were not eligible to vote were receiving ballots in Georgia’s special elections next month. Their post was shared more than … Continue reading

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“Social media bet on labels to combat election misinformation. Trump proved it’s not enough”

CNN: Around the election, social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter were praised for how quickly and widely they applied warning labels to misinformation.But President Donald Trump’s 46-minute video last week, which was riddled with election misinformation and conspiracy theories discredited by … Continue reading

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“False News Targeting Latinos Trails the Election; Rampant falsehoods evolved online on Wednesday, intended to make Spanish speakers question the unfolding election results and believe that President Trump was being robbed of victory.”

NYT: The posts proliferated on election night before anything remotely definitive was known about the results of the presidential race. “Robado,” they falsely repeated again and again in Spanish: President Trump was being robbed of a victory. He had won Arizona. George … Continue reading

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Still Not Normal and Deeply Disturbing: President Trump Falsely States That Supreme Court Ruling on Pennsylvania Ballots Will Lead to Cheating and “will also induce violence in the streets”

Hidden behind a Twitter warning that “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process,” President Trump tweeted the following: The Supreme Court decision on voting … Continue reading

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