Disinformation continues to impact our democracies at a massive scale.
We are writing robust reports and holding social media companies accountable. Platforms must agree to prioritize transparency, but until they do, our team is dedicated to uncovering the scale of the problem.
By ensuring third-party oversight with teeth, we can verify that tech companies are doing their utmost to manage and mitigate pervasive disinformation and manipulation in our privately-owned public squares.
Through our reporting, advocacy, and legal team, our community is paving the way for an international civil-liability framework to deter disinfo campaigns in a space that currently has no direct consequences for running them.
Disinformation spreads distrust, fear, and lies. But the more we know about it, the more we can stop it -- share this briefing with friends and family to educate them on the disinformation threat. And read on to see how you to protect yourself!Read briefing
Independent studies have shown that disinformation has become such an unprecedented threat to our democracies, because on social media false information spreads up to six times faster than the truth. So even if fact-checked and found untrue -- the millions of people who have seen the false content in the first place will likely never find out that they have been misled.
But the solution is simple: Platforms themselves must inform users and push effective corrections to each and every person who saw the false information in the first place. Newspapers publish corrections right on their own pages, television stations on their own airwaves; platforms should do the same on their own channels. No one else can do it.
Correcting the record is the most powerful action platforms can take to restore the public’s trust and to protect our democracies.
Governments protect consumers and participants in financial and energy markets from false and misleading information, including by making it possible to issue corrections when misinformation could influence people’s decisions. We should offer our democracies the same protections we offer our markets.