Digital Risks to the 2024 Elections: Safeguarding Democracy in the Era of Disinformation

February 2024
Elections in the U.S. and around the world in 2024 face daunting digital risks.

A new report from the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights argues that the leading tech-related threat to this year’s elections stems not from the creation of content with artificial intelligence but from a more familiar source: the distribution of false, hateful, and violent content via social media platforms.

Despite the disruptions and violence that roiled the U.S. presidential election in 2020 and Brazil’s election in 2022, major platform companies have retreated from some of their past commitments to promote election integrity.

Social media companies like Meta (parent of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp); Google (YouTube); and X, formerly known as Twitter, have imposed layoffs and policy changes that have had the effect of diminishing election integrity efforts.


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