US media is reporting that online disinformation about alleged US election fraud dropped massively following the decision by Twitter to ban President Trump and key allies. According to a Washington Post report:
January 16, 2021 Online misinformation about election fraud plunged 73 percent after several social media sites suspended President Trump and key allies last week, research firm Zignal Labs has found, underscoring the power of tech companies to limit the falsehoods poisoning public debate when they act aggressively. The new research by the San Francisco-based analytics firm reported that conversations about election fraud dropped from 2.5 million mentions to 688,000 mentions across several social media sites in the week after Trump was banned from Twitter. Election disinformation had for months been a major subject of online misinformation, beginning even before the Nov. 3 election and pushed heavily by Trump and his allies. Zignal found it dropped swiftly and steeply on Twitter and other platforms in the days after the Twitter ban took hold on Jan. 8.
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Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reporting on US election disinformation coming from Trump and his allies has included:
- A report on a December 2, 2020 speech by Trump that was generally described as containing wildly inaccurate claims about the US elections.
- A December 2020 report that the head of the Republican Party in the US state of Arizona had posted a disinformation video titled “Dominion Exposed” in which she says that the video “should terrify every single American.”
- An October 2020 post on an extensive report detailing what was described as the adoption by US President Trump and his allies of information warfare tactics normally associated with authoritarian regimes.
As noted in the GIOR FAQ:
The US is unique among democratic countries at this point in time because it is the only democratic country that is known to have its own government and/or a major political party conducting influence operations directed at its own citizens. This looks likely to continue for the foreseeable future.
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