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20/20 Vision

Welcome to our series of articles that each share an important lesson learned about the challenges of disrupting misinformation in 2020.


The “broadcast” model no longer works in an era of disinformation

We’ve relied for too long on an outdated top-down view of disinformation

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AI won’t solve the problem of moderating audiovisual media

Platforms are hoping automated tools will help moderate social media content at scale, but massive challenges remain — especially for audiovisual misinformation

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Failure to understand Black and Latinx communities will result in a critical misunderstanding of the impact of disinformation

Reporting on the election showed the need for partnerships with community organizations and researchers

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The 2020 rabbit hole: Why conspiracy theories draw people in

Baseless beliefs have become more popular globally, promising orderly answers to those experiencing confusion, isolation and grief in an upside-down world

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The return to old-school methods to sow chaos

Leaflets, billboards, emails, SMS and robocalls spread false information about Covid-19 and the US election

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It’s crucial to understand how misinformation flows through diaspora communities

The way misinformation travels through diaspora communities — including the Chinese diaspora — deserves more of our attention

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We need independent platform oversight in 2021

The platforms can no longer delay on partnering with independent researchers and civil society organizations

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As online communities mobilize offline, misinformation manifests a physical threat

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that the line between online discourse and offline action has long disappeared

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Online influencers have become powerful vectors in promoting false information and conspiracy theories

The role of celebrities and online influencers requires more scrutiny, especially from social platforms and media

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“Do No Harm” — Assessing the impact of prioritizing US political disinformation over health misinformation in 2020

What changes need to happen so newsrooms, researchers and policymakers are prepared for the health misinformation that will define 2021

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