In the battle to combat misinformation online, there’s now research. In the week after President Trump was suspended, research firm Zignal Labs found a 73% drop in misinformation regarding election fraud.
- #FightforTrump dropped 95%
- #HoldTheLine and “March for Trump” dropped 95%.
And, a similar study back in October showed just 20 accounts – including Trump’s – were responsible for a fifth of misinformation about voting and mail-in ballots.
Why do we care?
So much for the statement that social media can’t influence what is spread on their platform. They just didn’t want to. What’s interesting to me is that it’s so specific. Remove a select few, and disinformation changes dramatically.
I’ll keep saying it. These are private companies making changes on their platforms. In the US, the first amendment protects citizens from the government. You’re also not ever protected from consequences.
Why we care is that as we consider data management in general, it doesn’t take much to make a data set spoiled. That’s your value in helping customers manage their data.
Source: The Next Web