Social Media Experts Say Online Disinformation Damages Media, Voting Process

“The rise of QAnon is the single biggest change since 2016. It didn’t exist then, and even in 2018 was a marginal threat,” said Hickey. “This year it has overwhelmed us. A large and growing percentage of voters are engaging with this conspiracy and it has all kinds of problems including inciting violence, resistance to vaccines and masks, and creating vigilantes and other forms of random violence. In addition, this conspiracy theory drives people away from mainstream trusted sources and is continuously reinforced by the actions of platforms to remove their content.” 

Inland Valley News | October 2020, Manny Otiko

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