How Wikipedia’s volunteers became the web’s best weapon against misinformation

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In the Facebook era, the volunteer editors behind the archaic-looking website have built Wikipedia into a formidable force for truth. For a few minutes near the end of his first presidential debate, Mike Bloomberg was dead. At 9:38 p.m. Eastern time, a Wikipedia user named DQUACK02 added some text to the Wikipedia page for the former Democratic presidential candidate and New York City mayor: Read Full Story

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No, New York’s primary elections are not all canceled

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Despite what you may have heard, state and federal primary elections are still happening in New York. If you saw the news yesterday about the New York Board of Elections canceling the Democratic presidential primary on June 23, you’d be forgiven for thinking the state is no longer holding elections on that day. The headlines do say “canceled,” after all. On the contrary: Primary elections are still scheduled for June 23—at least for the time being . It’s only the presidential primary contest that was called off yesterday. Read Full Story

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1996’s campaign websites didn’t change history. They’re just hilarious

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The 1996 presidential election was the first of the web era. When the candidates embraced the new medium, the results were more weird than inspiring. By early 1995, the race to win the U.S. presidency in 1996 was well underway. The first two candidates to announce were Phil Gramm (then the senior senator from Texas) and Lamar Alexander (then a former governor of Tennessee, and in 2020 its senior senator). Both hoped to secure the Republican nomination and face off against President Bill Clinton on Election Day, November 5, 1996. Read Full Story

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COVID-19 has made the 2020 campaign virtual. That’s a disaster for Biden

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According to digital political strategist Eric Wilson, Biden simply doesn’t have the time—or the social media savvy—to catch up to Trump’s online campaign. There’s a growing sense of dread among Democrats as Joe Biden fumbles his way through the transition to an entirely virtual presidential campaign. Veterans of Barack Obama’s successful runs, David Axelrod and David Plouffe, recently pleaded with Biden to “embrace a new suite of virtual, data-driven tools, and creative tactics.” Read Full Story

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Despite shaky legality, Trump’s Section 230 executive order is still dangerous

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The White House’s plan to loosen social networks’ protections against being sued may be more about intimidation than legislation. When Donald Trump issued his May 28 executive order on “online censorship,” it looked like little more than a temper tantrum. The announcement came down the day after Twitter took the unprecedented step of labeling two presidential tweets with fact check information. Read Full Story

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