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Social Media Companies Still Boost Election Fraud Claims, Report Says

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New York University researchers warn that the results of November’s election could be fiercely contended, just as they were after the 2020 election, including at the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Credit: Jason Andrew/The New York Times

The major social media companies all say they are ready to deal with a torrent of misinformation surrounding the midterm elections in November.

A report released on Monday, however, claimed that they continued to undermine the integrity of the vote by allowing election-related conspiracy theories to fester and spread.

In the report, the Stern Center for Business and Human Rights at New York University said the social media companies still host and amplify "election denialism," threatening to further erode confidence in the democratic process.

The companies, the report argued, bear a responsibility for the false but widespread belief among conservatives that the 2020 election was fraudulent — and that the coming midterms could be, too. The report joins a chorus of warnings from officials and experts that the results in November could be fiercely, even violently, contended.

From The New York Times
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