U.S. Election 2020: How to Spot (and Fight) Misinformation

It’s 2020, and the stakes are huge for the internet and American democracy. The web is increasingly becoming a vehicle to sow confusion on how, when, and where to vote. A recent ProPublica examination of the top 50 Facebook posts pertaining to mail-in voting found more than half contained false or misleading information.

In this collection, you will find an easy-to-use tool for checking your voter registration status, as well as information on how to spot and fight misinformation online, during this election season and beyond.

Check Your Voter Registration

U.S. Elections 2020: What You Should Know, What You Can Do

The Mozilla Foundation’s guide to registering to vote and learning how to avoid misinformation—and stop it from getting amplified even further.

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How To Spot and Fight Misinformation

How You Can Spot Inaccurate News

Emily Paulin • AARP

Proven ways to detect whether web or social media news is deceptive or a hoax.

I’m a Former CIA Analyst Trained To Spot Fake News. Here’s How You Can Do It, Too.

Cindy L. Otis • USA Today

Most false content circulating online is shared by real people who don’t know it’s false. So real people like you are the key to solving this problem.

[LISTEN] A Fake News Survival Guide, Explained by a Librarian.

Lauren Katz and Sean Rameswaram • Vox

Next time someone sends you fake news, share these essential tips.

Learning To Spot Fake News: Start With A Gut Check

Anya Kamenetz • NPR

Four moves and a habit.

How To Fight Lies, Tricks, and Chaos Online

Adi Robertson • The Verge

Viral half-truths are part of the fabric of today’s internet, and the kind of anger it inspires has been turned into a dangerous commodity.

How to Spot (and Do Something) About Real Fake News


Even the most digitally savvy folks can (at times) be fooled into believing a headline or resharing a photo that looks real, but is actually not.

Fact-Checking Misinformation Can Work. But It Might Not Be Enough.

Lee Drutman • FiveThirtyEight

Some methods of fact-checking are more effective than others.

Numbers in the News? Make Sure You Don’t Fall for These 3 Statistical Tricks

Liberty Vittert • The Conversation

Some methods of fact-checking are more effective than others.

How (and Why) Misinformation Spreads

Americans Who Mainly Get Their News on Social Media Are Less Engaged, Less Knowledgeable

Amy Mitchell, Mark Jurkowitz, J. Baxter Oliphant, and Elisa Shearer • Pew Research Center

Those who rely on social media for news are less likely to get the facts right about the coronavirus and politics and more likely to hear some unproven claims.

A Cognitive Scientist Explains Why Humans Are So Susceptible to Fake News and Misinformation

Julian Matthews • NiemanLab

“We might like to think of our memory as an archivist that carefully preserves events, but sometimes it’s more like a storyteller.”

Why Smart People Are More Likely To Believe Fake News

David Robson • The Guardian

Research shows that smart people are more susceptible to fake news and conspiracy theories – but why?

Fact Checking Is the Core of Nonfiction Writing. Why Do So Many Publishers Refuse to Do It?

Emma Copley Eisenberg • Esquire

The dangers of authors being forced to hire their own fact-checker out of pocket. If they do so at all.

Silicon Valley Is Losing the Battle Against Election Misinformation

Mark Scott and Steven Overly • Politico

More groups are pushing false information into voters’ social media feeds in the run-up to November, and the deceptions are savvier than in 2016. It may be too late to fix.

[INTERACTIVE] See How Fake News Really Spread During the 2016 Election

Knight Foundation

This report reveals a concentrated “fake news” ecosystem, linking more than 6.6 million tweets to fake news and conspiracy news publishers in the month before the 2016 election

How to Assess What You See Online


from The Annenberg Public Policy Center


from The Poynter Institute


from The United Nations