February 24, 2024

In 2024, 4 billion people will go to the polls in 83 elections, raising concerns about disinformation. Republicans believe Biden’s win was illegitimate. Some efforts to fight disinformation have backfired. The Soviet Union first used “dezinformatsiya” to describe false information used against adversaries. Social technology has led to a rise in “information pollution.” Claire Wardle and Hossein Derakhshan have proposed a taxonomy of online toxins. Obama and the Biden Administration have spoken out about the dangers of disinformation. Efforts to fight disinformation have led to concerns about censorship and government overreach. Autocratic regimes are using the rhetoric against disinformation to stifle freedom of speech. The concept of disinformation has divided scholars and experts. Emily Bell suggests using more accurate terms to describe disinformation strategies. The article ends by discussing the challenge of covering the 2024 Trump campaign without falling into the trap of disinformation.