september 2019 Report Release
DISINFORMATION AND THE 2020 ELECTION: HOW THE SOCIAL MEDIA INDUSTRY SHOULD PREPARE
Paul M. Barrett
Enhancing disinformation policies
Social media companies’ policies on disinformation often lack clarity and strategic foresight and have been enforced in an ad hoc fashion. To reduce the probability of governmental content regulation in the U.S., these companies should show they can close the governance gap when it comes to disinformation.
The way forward
The report provides nine recommendations for social media companies based on our research and interviews with policymakers, civil society organizations, and the companies themselves. Building on a report released earlier this year, Tackling Domestic Disinformation, we encourage the major social media companies to remove provably false content, hire a senior content overseer, and implement a series of additional measures in anticipation of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.