Event, Video, PodcastOctober 20 2020

Electionland Misinformation

Ryan McCarthy, Cristina López G.

Databite No. 139

How does political misinformation—and outright lies—get amplified on social media and tech platforms? ProPublica editor and reporter Ryan McCarthy and Data & Society Senior Research Analyst Cristina López G. have looked into dynamics of amplification, inconsistent enforcement of community standards, and the democratic pitfalls of hyper-targeting audiences in their reporting and research. In this Databite, they discuss their findings and recommendations for holding companies accountable, protecting voting rights, and stopping the spread of false election claims. Audience Q&A follows the discussion.


About the Speakers

Cristina López G. a Senior Research Analyst on the Disinformation Action Lab team here at Data & Society.

Ryan McCarthy, ProPublica’s Electionland project editor and reporter, who covers voting, election security and misinformation. Previously, he was the editor-in-chief of VICE News, where he ran its digital newsroom, built its audio team and helped launch VICE News Tonight on HBO. He has also held editing and leadership positions at The New York Times, The Washington Post and Reuters.

About Databites

“Databites” is a regular speaker series that presents timely conversations about the purpose and power of technology today. Speakers bridge our interdisciplinary research with broader public conversations about the societal implications of data and automation.