‘The Counterattack Has Begun': How the U.S. Election Changed the War on Disinformation

Experts tell Haaretz that effective action taken by social media giants worked in America this fall, but wouldn’t be applicable to other countries or even during non-election times

Omer Benjakob
Omer Benjakob
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One after the other, mainstream U.S. television networks took the unprecedented step of cutting away from President Donald Trump mid-speech. On social media, Twitter flagged a growing number of his tweets as misleading. On Facebook, pages were taken down, while new mechanisms prevented baseless reports of voter fraud from going viral. After four years of preparation, it seems that the media, in both its old and new guises, played its part in stopping the scourge of disinformation during the U.S. election cycle.