Woman's National Democratic Club

Combat Disinformation Online 2020

How You Can Combat Disinformation Online, a presentation by Lilly S., the head trainer of the WNDC GOTV Committee and a Digital Democratic Strategist.

More information:

  1. Additional Definitions — Not only do you have to worry about trolls and bots online, but these too:
    • Sock Puppets: Fake accounts used to manipulate public opinion that are, yes pretending to be something they’re not, but are not generally based on a real person. They promote the user’s views/beliefs first and foremost. At least partially controlled by a human.
    • Hijacking: Stealing an adversary’s hashtag, meme, account, or event.
    • Deep Fakes: Altered videos — for example, the Nancy Pelosi “drunk” video that was so widely circulated.
  2. News from Campaign and Elections on disinformation in Black and brown communities and how to combat: https://www.campaignsandelections.com/campaign-insider/combatting-the-disinformation-campaign-targeting-black-and-latinx-voters
  3. Taiwan’s Last Election: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Go9iLPyIJXE
  4. PolitiFact — Use this for fact checking: https://www.politifact.com/
  5. And don’t forget the most important rule: DON’T ENGAGE DIRECTLY — e.g. no retweets or comments — that only gives them more power!
  6. Sign up for Democratic National Committee’s Best Practices Institute newsletter for trainings and information for activists this election cycle: https://democrats.org/take-action/trainings/activists-organizers-candidates/
  7. Also check out DemCast for more ways to get involved: https://demcastusa.com/
  8. …and of course, come to Winning Wednesdays — you don’t even have to leave your house to GOTV!