There have been several conspiracy theories about the 2020 US election, from lies about vote-by-mail fraud to the discredited strategy that thousands and thousands of non-citizens get to vote. But just two weeks ahead of Election Working day, the most typical disinformation claim is now the notion that the vote is “rigged,” researchers say.
The conspiracy concept is so all-encompassing that industry experts say it is turn out to be uniquely difficult for platforms like Facebook and Twitter to handle.
A significant-tent conspiracy
The Election Integrity Partnership, or EIP, is a group of scientists aimed at mitigating the influence of attempted voter misinformation and election delegitimization. In a get in touch with with reporters on Tuesday, they pointed out that the most outstanding booster of the thought of a “rigged” election is President Donald Trump, who—echoing his rhetoric in 2016—has put in a lot of the past calendar year warning about a “stolen” election. The narrative has been creating to the level in which an adherent can now look at just about any information by the “rigged” lens.
“The narrative focuses not on a precise falsifiable declare, but on a lot of statements strung with each other into a conspiracy idea that highly effective folks in the Democratic Get together and the ‘deep state’ had been conspiring to kick off a colour revolution to steal the election from President Trump,” the EIP’s Renée DiResta claims. (A “color revolution” is the identify supplied to some actions to overthrow governments, mostly in former Soviet states like Georgia and Ukraine, in which the repressive regimes claimed that the protest actions had US assist.)