Former Vice President Joe Biden has beaten President Donald Trump in a contest punctuated with wild rumors, false reports and premature declarations of victory. The end of the election, however, hasn’t meant an end to the misinformation.
Social media posts from the sitting president that falsely claim the election was stolen from him have swept through the internet, and Trump has continued to tweet and retweet items that contain disputed information, which Twitter has labeled. Additionally, baseless claims of election fraud from a variety of sources have also swept Twitter, as well as YouTube and Facebook.
Facebook on Thursday shut down a group with more than 364,000 members that was spreading misinformation about voter fraud.
The public group, called Stop the Steal, was pushing false claims that Democrats are trying to “steal” the US presidential election between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
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“In line with the exceptional measures that we are taking during this period of heightened tension, we have removed the Group ‘Stop the Steal,’ which was creating real-world events,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. “The group was organized around the delegitimization of the election process, and we saw worrying calls for violence from some members of the group.”
Former President Barack Obama mocked President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying Trump “turned the White House into a hot zone.” (Oct. 27)
Former Vice President Joe Biden campaigned in Georgia on Tuesday, quoting President Franklin D. Roosevelet at a stop in Warm Springs:
“‘Today … we must cultivate the science of human relationships — the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together and work together in the same world at peace,’” Biden said. “To live together and work together. That’s how I see America. That’s how I see the presidency, and that’s how I see the future.”
Meanwhile, his former boss, President Barack Obama, accused President Donald Trump of whining at an Orlando, Florida, rally.
Florida and Georgia are just a few of the battleground areas the two sides are fighting for with exactly one week until Election Day Nov. 3.
False information surrounding Black Lives Matter is being shared by some Hispanics through radio and group chats
A Spanish-language station in Miami shared false information regarding the Black Lives Matter organization.
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The New York Times reported that Spanish language radio host Carinés A. Moncada claimed that BLM founders practice “brujería” or witchcraft in an attempt to sway voters. She said that information justified her claims that the movement is destructive. According to the report, the broadcaster learned her information from News Punch, a website that publishes and amplifies conspiracy theories.
“Because they are vibrating with the devil. They are vibrating with negativity. They are vibrating with the dark,” she said, according to the Times. “And whoever votes for [Joe] Biden, unfortunately, is supporting that.”
Users of the state coronavirus app in England and Wales were alarmed to see their area’s risk level fluctuate out of nowhere on Friday in what turned out to be a technical glitch, the Guardian reports. As if anyone needed more stress this year.
The Department of Health and Social Care said on Saturday that the bug affected updates to the app’s postcode alert system and it has since been resolved.
“We are aware of an issue which impacted updates to postcode alerts for some app users this evening,” an agency spokesperson told the outlet. “This was identified and resolved within an hour and users’ phones will automatically update to show the correct local alert level for their area,