California Launches New Effort To Fight Election Disinformation

September 20, 2018
Media and Digital Disinformation Fellow, Alliance for Securing Democracy

ASD Social Media Analyst Bret Schafer joins Ben Adler of California Public Radio to discuss California’s newly created Office of Election Cybersecurity. 


California election officials are launching a new effort to fight the kind of disinformation campaigns that plagued the 2016 elections — an effort that comes with thorny legal and political questions.

The state’s new Office of Election Cybersecurity will focus on social media efforts to discourage or confuse voters into not casting a ballot.

During the 2016 election, in addition to hacking email accounts and attacking voting systems, Russian agents used social media also planted disinformation intended to drive down voter turnout.


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