Journalism Group Ramps Up Anti-misinformation Efforts With New Program
The move comes after all of the allegations of 2016 election "fake news"
In what is already promising to be a chaotic presidential election, a group focused on supporting the press is launching a new initiative to take a bite out of misinformation.
The American Press Institute (API) recently announced the creation of the Trusted Elections Network, which will connect local media outlets to experts who can help reporters figure out the best ways to tackle issues of misinformation that could have a negative impact on an election.
The move comes after a 2016 election season in which accusations of widespread misinformation, spread on social networks and believed to be state-sponsored, came to define what happened at the polls. Reporters, who often are on the front lines of covering local elections, likely would have faced issues even in a normal world. But given the added element of COVID-19—which could lead many voters to stay home and potentially vote by mail—the situation is even more complicated than before.
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