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Election 2020: How to spot misinformation while you wait for results

CNET – “As expected, Tuesday night didn’t bring a final result in the presidential election, so we’re still targets for people trying to confuse the issue. The 2020 presidential election wasn’t over when the polls closed on Tuesday night. Calling the winner — President Donald Trump or challenger Joe Biden — is taking longer than in recent elections because the coronavirus pandemic has prompted a surge in requests for absentee ballots. Over 96 million Americans had voted as of Monday, representing more than 45% of registered US votes, with many turning in vote-by-mail ballots that will take time to count.  Until the count is final, the public can expect to hear wild rumors, false reports and premature declarations of victory, election security experts warn. Just look at what Twitter had to deal with, such as tweets suggesting polls would be open the day after the election. YouTube also battled misinformation, pulling down streams broadcasting fake election results. Even the president posted messages about election results that social networks felt needed to be labeled…”

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