Meet The High Misinformation About The 2020 Presidential Election "Superspreaders"


According to research by Avaaz, a global human rights group, two Trumps and a number of right-wing commentators were the top superspreaders of electoral misinformation.

In descending order, the five included right-wing commentators Dan Bongino, Mark Levin, Diamond and Silk, and David J. Harris Jr., and one of the President's sons, Donald Trump Jr., President Trump, topped the research list.

They were part of a larger group of 25 superspreaders who, according to Avaaz analysis, combined made up 28.6 percent of the interactions people with misinformation about election fraud had.

Since election day, there have been over 77.1 million likes, comments and shares on Facebook from the top 25 superspreaders of misinformation about election fraud. The top 5 alone are responsible for 49.2 million of these interactions, or 63 percent of the total interactions on these sites that have repeatedly led to electoral fraud misinformation claims.

"The superspreaders on this list, using Facebook's algorithm, were central to creating this deluge of falsehoods that is now defining political debate for millions across the country and could continue to do so for years to come," he told Fadi Quran , a director at Avaaz.

A spokesman for Facebook said the company was using "every opportunity" to flag posts that misrepresent the voting process and direct people to a voting information center.

Allegations of electoral fraud include false reports that faulty voting machines intentionally miscalculated mail-in votes and other irregularities somehow affected the vote. All of these claims were investigated by election officials and journalists who found no evidence of widespread election fraud.

President Trump and his supporters have used these claims to try to cast doubt on the results of the vote and to file lawsuits in key swing states contesting the results of the November 3 election. The lawsuits were largely dismissed.

Despite the lack of evidence presented in court or online, electoral fraud claims have gained momentum. On Monday morning, President Trump posted on his Facebook page the false claim that certain states had more votes than people who voted. The post was shared over 15,000 times and liked over 300,000 times within a few hours.