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Midterm Elections (2018)

The Shift: Social Media’s Forever War

Social networks, after all, are not extensions of the United States government. They are owned by corporations seeking to maximize their growth and profitability, and many of them operate mostly outside the United States. (It’s useful to periodically recall that fewer than 10 percent of Facebook’s users are American.) The …

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The Shift: Facebook Had a Good Election Day. But It Can’t Let Up Now.

After an Election Day largely free of viral social media misinformation, and with little trace of the kind of Russian troll stampede that hit its platform in 2016, executives at Facebook may be tempted to take a victory lap. That would be a mistake. It’s true that Facebook and other …

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6 Types of Misinformation to Beware Of on Election Day. (And What to Do if You Spot Them.)

False Voter Fraud Allegations During the 2016 election, Mr. Trump claimed without evidence that widespread voter fraud would occur. After he won the presidency but lost the popular vote, he claimed, again without proof, that millions of undocumented immigrants had cast ballots. In the real world, voter fraud is exceedingly …

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Twitter Says It Is Ready for the Midterms, but Rogue Accounts Aren’t Letting Up

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter created a team to automatically seek out suspicious activity, like thousands of messages intended to suppress the vote. It began coordinating closely with the Department of Homeland Security. And it recently introduced a tool to help people more easily report misleading tweets. Ahead of the midterm …

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We Asked for Examples of Election Misinformation. You Delivered.

Two months ago, The New York Times asked readers to send in examples of election-related misinformation they saw online. Readers responded. In all, more than 4,000 examples of misinformation were submitted to The Times from social media feeds, text-messaging apps and email accounts. Each legitimate submission was vetted by reporters …

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Did You Vote? Now Your Friends May Know (and Nag You)

My dentist, a registered Republican, did not vote in the last midterm elections, in 2014. But the owner of my local bookstore, a registered Democrat, did vote then. So did my accountant, who is not registered with either party. I know these details not because the dentist, the bookseller and …

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understanding the times: How We Cover Elections: Live Polling

In an effort to shed more light on how we work, The Times is running a series of short posts explaining some of our journalistic practices. Read more of this series here. For the 2018 midterm elections, The Upshot partnered with Siena College to conduct polls in key districts and …

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Snapchat Helps Register Over 400,000 Voters

WASHINGTON — Taylor Swift has nothing on Snapchat — at least when it comes to persuading people to register to vote. Snap, the company behind the popular social media service, said on Tuesday that it had helped more than 400,000 users register to vote during a recent two-week period. Much …

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Republicans Find a Facebook Workaround: Their Own Apps

In 2016, AggregateIQ paid uCampaign to create the campaign app for Vote Leave, the secessionist side of the British referendum on leaving the European Union. More recently, WPA hired the Canadian company to develop the underlying software used in the Cruz app. The Times tested several of the apps’ privacy …

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2018 Digital Misinformation Roundup

As Election Day draws near, a growing amount of disinformation is getting published online to confuse, inflame or distract potential voters. To help readers better understand the information landscape, journalists at The Times have collected five examples of active disinformation campaigns that were reported on or took place this week. …

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