Biden should look to the idea of a systemic duty of care, which says that the platforms are dependent on their users’ social connections and, thus, are obliged to reduce online harms to those users.
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Canada does seem to be better off than the U.S. in shielding its electoral system from floods of disinformation. But whether that’s the result of Canada’s different free speech tradition, or, its lower-stakes political environment and more easygoing political culture, is not at all clear.
Tweets from Trump and his inner circle show how close the Trump campaign is in tone and style to Russian disinformation. This type of disinformation poses huge challenges for U.S. democracy, and for the Republican Party.
Heading into Tuesday, there was a very long list of things that could go wrong. Many have not come to pass so far.
In a highly polarized country, it is hard to change voter preferences—and this is even more likely to be the case when the tools for doing so represent a tiny, tiny fraction of the information to which would-be voters are exposed.
The continued focus on Russia, at the expense of domestic threats, is significant and dangerous.
The report doesn't break any new ground and highlights the decline of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Tackling disinformation requires humility, calm and attention to details as the threat evolves and becomes more complex: Tropes such as the “Russian playbook” are no longer helpful ahead of the November election.
Over the course of two short days, figures affiliated with the GOP published three different deceptively edited videos on social media. Platforms can’t handle the challenge alone.
Numerous individuals and groups are posing—both online and in person—as members of groups they oppose. Malign state actors have also begun to enter the fray.