How did the problem of misinformation and disinformation get so bad? Belonging is stronger than facts.

How do we fix it?


"Extreme opinions inspire loyalty among a minority that is ultimately more valuable than the unenthusiastic approval of the whole crowd. These are unhealthy incentives. But they are powerful incentives. Readers always, always tell me that they just want to see the academic posts, just the serious posts. What they don’t seem to realize is that if I had stuck to writing just those thoughtful essays they wouldn’t have heard of me in the first place." - Fredrik deBoer


Election Integrity Partnership report (includes six page summary and option to download full report)  -


Article with intro quote from Renee DiResta -


Infographic on how narratives spread online (from EIP) -


Article detailing the mail dumping events in Greenville, Wisconsin by Renee DiResta -


Article explaining why belonging is stronger than facts by Zeynep Tufekci -


Article on why crowds are powerful by Renee DiResta -


News that Facebook is changing the way it recommends groups -


Timeline infographic from the EIP that shows what tech platforms did to stem misinformation leading up to the election -


More information on the The Redirect Method -


Article on the rise of "content cartels" and their collaboration with one another by Evelyn Douek -


Freddie DeBoer blog post on why censoring people isn't the answer -


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