Disinformation threatens our democracy. Here’s what to expect when you’re electing—and how to fight back against misleading information.
Disinformation and misinformation. Know the difference.
: false information deliberately and often covertly spread (as by the planting of rumors) in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth
: incorrect or misleading information; not necessarily spread deliberately or intended to influence opinion
Test Your Election Disinformation Knowledge
Think you know how to spot, check, and stop the surge of disinformation heading our way this election season? Let John Lithgow, Tayari Jones, Alan Cumming, and some of your other favorite authors help you check your knowledge—and pledge to combat disinformation in the weeks ahead.
Hear from the experts
Here’s what you can do. Right now.
1) Diversify your news intake.
2) If you see a headline that gets your heart racing, take a beat before sharing or liking.
4) Did your brother share a fake story? Don’t shame him. Check out our guide to talk to your friends and family about misinformation.
5) See a confusing story about voter registration, election deadlines, or polling place closures? Check 866OurVote.org for state-specific information.
What To Expect When You’re Electing: A Reading List
We have gathered a list of nonfiction books that provide historical context around this moment and can help you navigate disinformation and voter suppression, learn more about political media coverage and digital content, and be informed consumers and sharers of information, especially in this critical moment.
Behind the Decision Desk: Fox News, the AP, CNN, and What To Expect on Election Night
Decision desk editors at the Associated Press, Fox News, and CNN joined PEN America to discuss election calls, projections, and how news organizations plan to navigate the challenges of election night 2020.
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We are bringing together voting rights experts, community organizers, journalists, and voters to prepare for an unprecedented election. Join us for a virtual town hall in partnership with our PEN Across America initiative, with communities in Arizona, Texas, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida, and North Carolina.
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