Unpacking Misinformation and Disinformation
Disinformation is false content (even if it contains some truth) deliberately created to harm a person, social group, organization, or country. Misinformation is false information, but it is different from disinformation because it lacks the intent to harm any person, group, or organization.
The spread of disinformation has been an ongoing attempt to tarnish and erode our democracy, and we must do everything in our power to fight it. Election disinformation is intentional attempts to use false information to affect the participation of voters in elections.
There is a long history of tactics used to disenfranchise voters. We have experienced how flyers, billboards, and other offline tactics are used to tell voters incorrect information that could prevent them from participating in an election. The interference in our elections has a significant impact. We've seen the ongoing attempts to spread inaccurate data within the African American community on several fronts.
From falsified information on the election date to misinformation on the steps needed to verify your registration, there has been no stone unturned in attempts to ensure that the vote of the African American community is discredited or that we don't take our full authority at this moment by voting.
The NAACP has continued to fight at all costs to identify disinformation and to prevent it with valid facts so that our community can make informed and intelligent decisions when casting our ballot in this upcoming election. Join the effort to push back on election disinformation by joining our training on Wednesday, November 2.