Nov 6, 2020

US election 2020: How a misleading post went from the fringes to Trump’s Twitter

How did a misleading post travel from the fringes of the internet to the president's Twitter account? In the early hours of Wednesday, a post erroneously alleging voter fraud was posted on a extreme message board. Decision Desk, the election data company which posted the map, said: "It was a simple error from a file created by the state that we ingested the state noticed the error and produced an updated count." Again, the post strongly hinted that some kind of fraud or trick was to blame rather than a data entry error. Cindy Otis, vice-president of analysis at the Alethea Group, which investigates disinformation and social media manipulation, confirmed the path of the post and noted that it wasn't the first time material from the fringes of the internet have turned up on high profile accounts.

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