News: Digital Deception

As Bills Sweep Statehouses, Facebook Profits From Harmful Anti-Trans Ads 
Just after National Coming Out Day, Facebook ran several video advertisements supporting transgender and non-binary users. Lee spoke about how meaningful it is to feel they are exactly who they want to be; Kite wished for a more inclusive world. “We’re all better off when we understand each other more,” the videos proclaimed. Facebook, which … Continue reading "As Bills Sweep Statehouses, Facebook Profits From Harmful Anti-Trans Ads "
To Fight the For the People Act, Opponents Resort to Online Disinformation
Opponents of legislation that would overhaul much of the framework of the modern American political process are fighting the measure with every tool at their disposal: Campaign contributions, dark money organizations, political action committee (PAC) expenditures, broadcast radio and television campaigns, and – of course – digital disinformation. The bill, H.R. 1 (also known as … Continue reading "To Fight the For the People Act, Opponents Resort to Online Disinformation"
The Facebook Oversight Board Ruling Makes Clear: It’s Time to Permanently Ban Donald Trump
Following an announcement from the Facebook Oversight Board to uphold a suspension of former president Donald Trump’s account while also directing Facebook to revisit the decision for a final determination, Policy Director at Decode Democracy Ann M. Ravel issued the following statement: “The decision from the Facebook Oversight Board marks a short-term step to limit … Continue reading "The Facebook Oversight Board Ruling Makes Clear: It’s Time to Permanently Ban Donald Trump"
It’s Time to ‘Opt Out’ of Invasive Tracking with the New Apple Update
Most of us spend hours every day on our phones: checking emails, scrolling through social media, and talking to friends and family. But did you know that apps on your phone like Facebook track what you do in other apps? What you like, what you share, and what you click is monitored by Facebook across … Continue reading "It’s Time to ‘Opt Out’ of Invasive Tracking with the New Apple Update"
The Senate Must Pass the For the People Act to Revive Our Democracy
Following the introduction of the For the People Act (H.R 1 / S.1) in the Senate today, Decode Democracy President Daniel G. Newman issued the following statement: “The For the People Act is the type of bold legislation we need to bring our democracy back from the brink of collapse. Not only does the bill … Continue reading "The Senate Must Pass the For the People Act to Revive Our Democracy"
Decoder Newsletter: Not Social Media, Trump Media
MapLight's weekly newsletter on deceptive digital politics looks at the impact of disinformation on the attack on the U.S. Capitol Building.
U.S. Capitol Riot by Trump Supporters Highlights the Dangers of Disinformation
When people in power as well as technology and social media companies relied upon by so many for news and information amplify lies, conspiracies, and disinformation, we face real-world consequences.
The For the People Act Moves Us Closer to the Democracy We Need
The 2020 election and its aftermath have made it more clear than ever that we cannot take our democracy for granted. The newly introduced For the People Act marks a major step forward in achieving a democracy that works for all of us.
In Order to Succeed, The Biden-Harris Administration Must Address the Disinformation Crisis
MapLight helped to convene a diverse coalition of more than 30 organizations to encourage the Biden-Harris administration to treat the spread of disinformation as a fundamental and intersectional threat to advancing progress on key issues during their administration.
Decoder Newsletter: So Long 2020
The final Digital Deception Decoder newsletter of 2020 takes a look at the latest news, research, and trends in the world of online disinformation.