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Facebook Must Stop Dodging Responsibility for Its Role in Destabilizing Democracy
Hamsini Sridharan | June 29, 2020
Incremental policy changes and voter information campaigns are not enough to address problems rooted in Facebook’s platform design and business strategy. Facebook needs to do more—and lawmakers must be ready to hold it to account. 
What You can Do About Disinformation
Ann M. Ravel and Margaret Sessa-Hawkins | June 23, 2020
In the midst of protests and a pandemic, and with an upcoming presidential election, misinformation on social media has exploded. Here's what you can do to stop the spread of false and manipulative information.
Decoder Newsletter: Platforms, Presidents, and Protests
Hamsini Sridharan | June 22, 2020
The Decoder newsletter tracks the most important news, research, and analysis of deceptive digital politics.
MapLight Responds to Biden’s Demands for Accountability from Facebook 
Alec Saslow |
Facebook has utterly failed to create a healthy ecosystem for political debate online and instead chosen to erode our democracy by allowing the rampant spread of misinformation and outright lies by politicians.
MapLight Responds to Police Brutality and Protests for Justice
Alec Saslow |
Systemic racism and the brutal killings of Black Americans at the hands of police not only bring unbearable pain and suffering to families and communities, they also destroy public faith in our systems of governance and accountability.
House to Consider Limits on Microtargeting of Online Political Ads
Hamsini Sridharan |
MapLight is pleased to support two bills introduced in the House of Representatives this week that aim to tackle the threats posed by microtargeting in political advertising.
Facebook’s Political Ad Policies Demand Greater Scrutiny
Alec Saslow |
Facebook has shown itself willing and able to address Covid-19 misinformation, but unwilling to tackle disinformation from politicians on topics that could have serious implications for our democracy and the public interest.
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