Tracking Facebook’s Election Misinformation ‘Super-Spreaders’SummaryHow "Super-spreaders" Were IdentifiedNote about the storiesNote about the identified accountsElection Myths Identified by NewsGuardList of Identified Accounts and Dataset
NewsGuard, a company which rates the trustworthiness of news organizations, released a report identifying 40 Facebook pages responsible for spreading election-related misinformation
53 posts were identified in total from all of the pages
The process that they utilized to select "Super-spreaders" focused more on the potential reach of pages as opposed to a consistent pattern of spreading false news
Must have > 100,000 page "likes" on Facebook
Have published or shared "clearly false and unsubstantiated content about voting and/or the electoral process"
Accounts were active as of October 27, 2020
Accounts were found by looking for pages that shared links to false stories on political websites that NewsGuard rated Red, or generally unreliable
"The false stories we identified were typically variations of the myths we identified and debunked. Some stories included multiple myths from this list, while other articles did not fit neatly with one of the myths we identified. Nevertheless, all the articles we identified advanced inaccurate information about the voting process."
"This list is, of course, a work in progress. The accounts listed may not be the most frequent offenders or be the publishers of false voting or election information with the largest audiences. And the examples we list for each page do not necessarily represent an exhaustive list of all the times the page published election-related misinformation."
Links below take you to the NewsGuards site for more on the myth/counter myth.
Last updated: 10/31/2020
Data can be found here: Google Sheets Doc
Note: These are not ranked or in any particular order.
|2||The Federalist Papers|
|3||Donald Trump Is My President|
|4||100 Percent FED Up|
|5||President Donald Trump Fan Club|
|7||David j Harris Jr.|
|8||Law Enforcement Today|
|11||The Common Sense Conservative|
|12||The National Pulse|
|14||Rock n Roll Never Dies|
|15||Stars and Stripes Forever PAC|
|16||Red White Blue News|
|17||James T Harris|
|18||President Trump Has My Vote|
|20||To The Death Media|
|21||Rush Limbaugh Radio|
|24||Taking Back America|
|25||Fed Up Americans|
|26||I Support Barron Trump|
|27||Donald Trump for President - Martin County Florida|
|28||Women for Trump|
|31||Conservative Firing Line|
|38||America Supports Law Enforcement|
Notes by Matthew R. DeVerna