News: Digital Deception

Tackling Digital Deception as the 2020 Election Approaches
We lacked the laws and systems to combat deceptive digital politics in 2016, and we have yet to make significant progress with the 2020 election quickly approaching.
The Digital Deception Glossary
We’ve collected and defined some of the terms most commonly used in reference to online political manipulation. If you find yourself having trouble telling your botnets from your troll farms, never fear: MapLight’s digital deception glossary is here.
States Countering Digital Deception
The federal government has done remarkably little to counter digital deception in our democracy, but the state level is a different story.
Federal Action and Inaction on Digital Deception
MapLight examines some of the most relevant pieces of legislation for countering online disinformation and deceptive political advertising making their way through Congress -- including a break down what the bills would do and what prospects they have of passing.
MapLight’s Guide to Political Ad Transparency on Facebook, Twitter, and Google
Explore MapLight's guide to social media political advertising databases active in the United States.
To Provide True Transparency, Technology Companies Need to Work Together
Efforts at self-regulation by technology companies fall far short of providing the true transparency necessary to inform voters about who is trying to influence them.
Digital Deception and Our Democracy
The 2016 election cycle marked the first time there was widespread recognition of the problems posed by online political manipulation efforts. What, exactly, is digital deception, and how do we combat it?
Principles and Policies to Counter Deceptive Digital Politics
MapLight and the Institute for the Future outline more than 30 concrete proposals—all grounded in the democratic principles of transparency, accountability, standards, coordination, adaptability, and inclusivity--to protect the integrity of the future elections.
Report: Russia-Linked 2016 Election Ads Expose Need to Modernize Online Ad Disclosure  
Following revelations exposing online advertising surrounding the 2016 election linked to a Russian propaganda company, MapLight and the Voters’ Right to Know project propose recommendations to improve transparency.