A year out from the election, the sharing of fake news is accelerating, and this time it’s homegrown.
A year out from the 2020 presidential election, a flood of fake news is already consuming Facebook, with U.S. voters hit with a “tsunami of disinformation” in the last three months. But unlike in 2016, this fake news is not coming from Russia, but from within the U.S.
Researchers at Avaaz, a non-profit human rights activism network, say they have so far found no evidence of coordinated disinformation campaigns from foreign actors — but even without these campaigns, Facebook users in the U.S. are being overwhelmed by misleading content.
“Politically relevant disinformation was found to have reached over 158 million estimated views, enough to reach every reported registered voter in the U.S. at least once,” the report published on Wednesday morning said.
That disinformation could influence the outcome of the 2020 election is hardly surprising, but “what is surprising is that the surge of disinformation affecting 2020 is happening much earlier than the 2016 election,” Luca Nicotra, a senior campaigner with Avaaz, told VICE News.
Most worryingly, the dissemination of disinformation is speeding up: (…)