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BuzzFeed: Vulnerable Groups Could Be Targeted And Silenced Online Ahead Of 2020 Election

May 8, 2019

Researchers Warn members of vulnerable groups such as the Latino, Muslim, and Jewish communities are being disproportionately targeted online with disinformation, harassment, and computational propaganda — and they don’t trust big social platforms to help them, according to new research by the Palo Alto–based Institute for the Future’s Digital Intelligence Lab shared exclusively with BuzzFeed News.

Researchers found that online messages and images on platforms such as Twitter that originate in the Latino, Muslim, and Jewish communities are co-opted by extremists to spread division and disinformation, often resulting in more social media engagement for the extremists. This causes members of social groups to pull away from online conversations and platforms, and to stop using them to engage and organize, further ceding ground to trolls and extremists.

For Original Article: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/craigsilverman/extremists-disproportionally-target-and-silence-latinos

 

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