News: Digital Deception

MapLight Urges Senate Judiciary Committee to Oppose Sen. Graham’s Bill Limiting Social Media Companies’ Ability to Fight Disinformation
MapLight joined more than a dozen civil society organizations in calling on members of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary to oppose the Online Content Policy Modernization Act, which would hamper online platforms' ability to counter disinformation.
Decoder Newsletter: Is Social Media Election-Ready?
MapLight's newsletter on deceptive digital politics looks at whether social media companies have put in place enough protections to help safeguard against misinformation as the 2020 election approaches.
Facebook Remains Haven for Flood of Misleading, False Ads About Mail-In Balloting
Even as Facebook touts its efforts to curb misinformation that threatens to cast the legitimacy of the 2020 election into doubt, false advertisements and posts about mail-in voting continue to appear on the website.
MapLight Launches New Tools to Combat Misinformation Ahead of 2020 Election
MapLight has launched new tools to combat the spread of false and deceptive election-related information ahead of the 2020 election, including a browser plug-in called the Election Deception Tracker as well as a Text-to-Report line for misleading information.
Decoder Newsletter: Climate Change & Combating Misinformation
MapLight's newsletter on deceptive digital politics looks at how false stories about the Oregon fires are still spreading on Facebook and new tools aimed at combating misinformation as the election approaches.
Decoder Newsletter: Partisanship & Section 230 Reform
MapLight's newsletter on deceptive digital politics looks at the shortcomings of a newly-introduced Senate bill aiming to reform Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
Facebook’s Political Ads Ban Misses the Mark
Recent changes announced by Facebook aimed at protecting the election come too late and amount to little more than a drop in the ocean — especially when Facebook’s record on enforcement of existing policies is lackluster at best.
Decoder Newsletter: Online Voter Suppression Amps Up
MapLight's newsletter on deceptive digital politics looks at how Black voters are being targeted by disinformation as the election nears.
MapLight Joins Allies in Lawsuit Against Trump Administration for Mail-In Voting Disinformation
MapLight joined allies in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s executive order that seeks to punish social-media companies for fact checking the president’s online posts.
Decoder Newsletter: Platform Governance
MapLight's newsletter on deceptive digital politics looks at what comes next after Facebook’s civil rights audit and other key stories in the world of politics and technology.