It is intriguing to hear that the election process is finally over, but the jpurney of misinformation is just beginning.
Propagators of misinformation allure conspiracies of all theories, misleading videos and digital lies that will be endured because of foreign actors in Russia to American politicians to ordinary people who are oblivious to the possibility that they could be sharing falsehoods.
“Misinformation will remain a potent force in American politics,” said Josh Pasek, a University of Michigan professor and expert on misinformation and political communication.
One interesting reason why misinformation will continue is because Trump is out of power, and his supporters will be encouraged to circulate misleading post, memes and videos that undermine his once opponent, Joe Biden. In addition, others will fall into the basic trap of sharing, posting or commenting on misleading content that they see on social media.
Looking back on history, conspiracy theories have flourished in the midst of people who are out of power. “I don’t know how they’ll adapt, but the movement, such as it is, has proven to be quite flexible in how it contorts itself to events,” Nyphan said.
Facebook and Twitter have recently started placing warning labels on Trump’s post, and they are also taking down groups or accounts that share false or misleading claims.