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Media & Democracy 03.3.2021

Facebook Should Enforce and Expand Civic Integrity Policies; Instead It Hides Behind Oversight Board

Facebook has punted the decision of whether or not to permanently ban Donald Trump to its new Oversight Board. Instead of hiding behind whatever the Oversight Board decides, Facebook should enforce and expand its own civic integrity policies to crack down on hate speech and disinformation.

Media & Democracy 10.28.2020

Overlooked Election Disinformation on Google is a Danger to our Democracy

Google is one of the few companies Americans find trustworthy to provide them with accurate information, yet Google’s efforts to stop the spread of election disinformation fall short due to significant gaps in its policies.

Media & Democracy 09.29.2020

Memo to the Media: Election 2020 Reporting Without Amplifying Disinfo

Covering the 2020 elections are a challenge for reporters: unfortunately some stories are used to amplify disinformation about voting or the election process. Here are seven key tips for journalists on how to report responsibly and cover the election without harming voters with disinformation.

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