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Pennsylvania noticed extra misinformation on Election Day, particularly round allegations of fraud or election stealing, than different states earlier than the polls closed, in line with misinformation researchers.
Zignal Labs, a media insights firm, tracked key phrases associated to “steal” or “stealing” the election throughout the first 18½ hours of Tuesday. The key phrases have been talked about along with Pennsylvania at a fee 6.four occasions increased than the next-highest state, Kansas (which was adopted by Texas, Michigan and Florida), the corporate discovered.
Throughout that interval, Zignal discovered that key phrases associated to “stealing” and the election hit 119,000 mentions throughout cable tv, social media, and print and on-line information shops. One viral hashtag particularly, #StopTheSteal, made the mentions spike from just a few dozen to over 2,000 in 15 minutes on Tuesday morning, researchers discovered. It was talked about over 12,800 occasions on Twitter by midday.
Inside this set of mentions, Pennsylvania noticed 8,150 associated to Democrats stealing the election, buoyed by articles printed on right-wing shops resembling The Gateway Pundit and Nationwide Submit. Notable figures like Mike Roman, the Trump marketing campaign’s director of Election Day operations, additionally pushed mentions up.
“ILLEGAL campaigning INSIDE of a polling location in Philly,” Mr. Roman stated in a submit that was shared 13,200 occasions on Twitter. “Man in blue is handing out DEM literature to voters IN LINE TO VOTE.”
An analysis by The New York Occasions’s Visible Investigations unit discovered that the 2 pictures Mr. Roman shared didn’t seem to match. Twitter labeled the tweet “deceptive” and later “manipulated,” and a spokeswoman stated the corporate had labeled the tweet and several other others by Mr. Roman below its Civic Integrity Policy.
A separate evaluation by Zignal confirmed that Pennsylvania was the topic of extra probably voting misinformation than different states on Tuesday, too. Of round 15,000 voting misinformation mentions from midnight to 7 p.m., 3,449 have been tied to Pennsylvania, which was adopted by Michigan, Florida, Washington and Wisconsin.
Pennsylvania, with 20 electoral votes, is likely one of the largest battleground states.