Disinformation on social media – false or misleading content intended to deceive or promote discord – plagued the 2016 and 2018 elections. It’s slated to get a lot worse, according to a new report looking toward the 2020 campaign season. The report’s author, Paul M. Barrett, explains why Russian influence will be just one of many concerns, and discusses which social media platform will likely carry the most disinformation to its users.

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