Media and Digital Disinformation Fellow Bret Schafer spoke to WLVT’s about disinformation on social media ahead of the 2020 election. 

Last month, the FBI posted a warning on its website, stating that cybercriminals and foreign actors will use social media sites to spread disinformation about election results for days and weeks after Election Day.

“From Nov. 3rd and until we get the final tally, there is a huge opportunity for bad actors to go onto social media platforms, push out false results, and say the results are being tinkered with,” warned Schafer.

He advises only using government websites, not platforms like Facebook, to verify election results.