The Fight Against Election Day Falsehoods

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Circles for the past few months. The idea of a color revolution in its original form was that the people often students would come out they would wear the same color and they would push back against fraudulent elections authoritarian regimes. That's Rene dressed up. You can think of her as a detective who tracks down. Misinformation. Online. She's based at Stanford and she's part of a group of researchers who were following attempts to de legitimize the twenty twenty elections. They're called the election integrity partnership, and then the term came to be kind of CO opted by Russia and China, which reframed it to mean to claim that those student driven actions that those popular movements were in fact, secretly led by the US deep state by the CIA. You can guess where this whole color evolution thing is going right and that was the sense in which these conservative activists in the US are using it to say that the US deep state was trying to conspire with the Democrats, to keep the president from being rightfully elected. She says warnings of a deep state color revolution against president trump went from Russian state media, and if you blogs to former trump's betrayed her darren beatty here he is on a podcast Steve Bannon. The force opposed to him is deeply embedded within our national security state. They're running the same playbook on him that they do on all these other countries, and until you'll see it moving both through the official channels if you will through the broadcast media channels and you'll also see it moving through the social media channels being in this particular case that claim wound up on Tucker Carlson for our viewers who are not familiar with the color revolutions in Eastern Europe. Darren baby was guest. State is clearly as you can what you think is going on right now in this election, what's the end game for Democrats? The Endgame Rene East to try to have an election where misinformation does as little damage as possible. And it's getting down to the wire. Today on the show it's almost election day and the lies and conspiracy theories are everywhere. We'll tell you what to look out for in the home stretch, how to fight it, and with the platforms are doing to protect the truth in this most consequential election. I'm Lizzy leary and you're listening to what next he be. A show about technology power and how the future will be determined. Stay with us. I wanted to tell you about a new podcast. I. Think you'll like it's called wild wild tech. It's filled with weird and interesting stories about technology and the surprising way it impacts of culture. 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The election integrity partnership have been studying the movement of misinformation about the election we're looking specifically at things related to voting procedural misinformation about ballots about where to vote went to vote how to vote if voting is being suppressed know so that that's the area that we've chosen to focus on renee inner team collect viral stories they funnel them into a tracking system then try to answer A. Series of questions where the content come from what's the narrative? How did it spread and how fast is it spreading and with that body of data over the last couple months we started paying attention to what narratives were most prevalent, what narratives went the farthest, and then how might these narratives reappear on election day and it's not just election day renee is already seeing viral narratives unfold in early voting I saw some Videos of police officers taking p. p. e. from polling place in Brooklyn that would that went viral over the over the weekend I think it was or maybe it was yesterday. Yeah I saw that too. Are. Were having voter and there is a lot of tension on the left in particular related to police officers, and so that narrative of a police officer doing something that they weren't supposed to was read as Oh they're in the tank for trump. But what they did on the first day of early voting and you know there are certain laws about where you have to be how far you have to be from the door polling place related to electioneering, and it wasn't really clear from the video whether this fell into that category whether this was electioneering whether this was just an unfortunate encounter that got heated where the police officers overreacted and took stuff away. There are a lot of. Things about it that weren't made clear until think about twenty four hours later when the the official channels for the police precinct that was involved said actually the officer was wrong and here is here's what should have happened instead, and in those moments, there's really no way to fact check there's no way to know what actually happened in that situation until you know until the facts are revealed a couple of hours to maybe even a day later. and. So the story continues to go viral before the facts are known. You can have well intentioned misinformation where the information might be wrong but the intent is innocent or disinformation where the intent is to mislead, and it's really hard as an internet consumer to know what's what? Misinformation disinformation or something. Real Rene says tread carefully. Take a second before you share that post from a friend of a friend not just now. But after election day to everybody's got their video camera in their pocket. Which means that there's GonNa be tons and tons and tons of these primary source videos purportedly documenting. Misbehavior Malfeasance poll workers you name it and they're all going to be strung together into what's going to feel like an overwhelming swell of evidence that. For the left, the vote was suppressed for the right illegal ballots were cast and I think that's going to be one of the key challenges to contend with his. There will be machines that don't work there will be encounters between people that are hostile and inappropriate and possibly illegal. We have to expect that in a country with over one hundred, thousand pulling locations things are going to go wrong they always have gone wrong. In fact, it's just that they're isolated disparate events and we have to be careful not to read too much into them to construct a narrative that more broadly de-legitimize as the election. and. If you are the person recording something be safe, you can legitimize your content with GPS, shots without edits in between and any information that identifies where you are and who's involved because Rene as research shows that this stuff is gonNA fly around at a pace, we've never seen before. You know maybe it's because I had a baby not too long ago but I keep thinking of all of this is what to expect when you're expecting nation. It's not it's not a question of if but a question of when right we all know that this is going to be a uncertain period. We all know that they're going to be a lot. Of opportunities for videos and footage that people take to be twisted or used inappropriately for real incidents to be taken out of context and put in the context of vast broad conspiracy to erode confidence in the legitimacy of election. Overall, we know that they're going to be candidates who are going to claim victory and then insinuate that it is being stolen from them. There's one line that is in one of your reports that. Kind

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