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Tue Oct 27, 2020, 02:57 AM

Study: Minnesotans exposed to disinformation via Facebook ahead of Election Day

Minnesotans are awash in social media disinformation in the runup to Election Day— primarily on Facebook — and a majority think the platform should do more to stop the spread of falsity, according to a new poll.

The survey examined nine swing states, including Minnesota, and found that approximately 65% of voters have reported seeing disinformation in their Facebook feeds, according to a SurveyUSA poll released by the Avaaz, a nonprofit global activism group.

Nationally, the survey also found that 85% of voters saw the statement “mail-in voting will lead to voter fraud,” a false claim made repeatedly by President Donald Trump. Despite evidence to the contrary, 35% of voters believed it to be true — and 68% of people who saw the disinformation found it on Facebook.

More than 80% of Minnesotan voters were “concerned” or “extremely concerned” about misinformation being spread online to sway the results of elections.

Read more: https://minnesotareformer.com/briefs/study-minnesotans-exposed-to-disinformation-via-facebook-ahead-of-election-day/

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