The New York Times is stepping up its coverage of misinformation ahead of this fall’s midterm elections.
On Monday, the newspaper published a tip form where readers can send examples of potentially false or misleading content they find in their social media feeds. Examples could be a Facebook account spreading false information about a political candidate, a YouTube channel publishing doctored videos or a disinformation campaign being organized on Reddit.
“It just feels that, from what we know that happened in 2016, misinformation was and continues to be a huge problem on social media,” said Rebecca Blumenstein, a deputy managing editor at The Times, in a phone interview. “We’ve been reporting aggressively on the election, trying to get the truth out of what’s happening in various campaigns, and you can’t leave out a player as big as Facebook.”
The Times isn’t the only mainstream news organization that’s launching a misinformation project ahead of the midterms.
Mother Jones is building a team of reporters to track misinformation and asking readers to help it identify false or misleading content online. BuzzFeed and ProPublica are partnering to collect political ads from readers who download a browser extension in the hope that they may analyze how ad targeting is being abused.
The Times weighed those initiatives when trying to decide what they could do.
Read more here: https://www.poynter.org/news/new-york-times-asking-readers-help-it-cover-election-misinformation