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Trump Is No Longer Tweeting, But Online Disinformation Isn't Going Away

Added 03-05-21 07:07:02am EST - “While removing former President Trump from social media has led to a significant decrease in election-related disinformation, online falsehoods about the election and vaccines continues to flourish.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Trump Is No Longer Tweeting, But Online Disinformation Isn't Going Away”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A woman wearing a Fake News T-shirt holds placards as protesters gather near the Indiana State house last November for a #StoptheSteal rally and to protest Joe Biden's election victory over Donald J. Trump. SOPA Images/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

A woman wearing a Fake News T-shirt holds placards as protesters gather near the Indiana State house last November for a #StoptheSteal rally and to protest Joe Biden's election victory over Donald J. Trump.

Darren Linvill thought he was prepared for 2020 and the firehose of false information that would come flooding down on the United States during an election year when the country was bitterly divided.

Linvill is a researcher at Clemson University in South Carolina and he tracks disinformation networks associated with Russia.

In the years following 2016, Linvill shared his work with a number of government entities as the U.S. worked to figure out exactly what Russia did to interfere in that race. He even designed a game called "Spot The Troll" that shows how hard it is to tell a professional provocateur from an extremely opinionated American.

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