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A bloodied Donald Trump is surrounded by Secret Service agents. Rebecca Droke/AFP via Getty Images

Online rumors sparked by the Trump assassination attempt spread rapidly, on both ends of the political spectrum

Did you experience the rush of people expressing conspiracy theories and rumors on social media in the immediate aftermath of the shooting?
Social media fuelled conspiracy theories often exist in echo chambers, where misinformation was amplified often without verification or critical examination. (Shutterstock)

How conspiracy theories polarize society and provoke violence

Conspiracy theories aren’t based so much on objective facts, but rather through often loosely connected bits of information. That makes them potent sources of misinformation.
With effort, it’s possible to shift the national discourse and reduce political violence. Gajus/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Social media and political violence – how to break the cycle

When political discourse is devoid of facts and high on demonization, it’s no surprise that political violence is the result. There is a way out, but it’s slow and will take effort.
Social media companies are doing a poor job of telling you who is responsible for the political ads you see. Anna Barclay/Getty Images

Unregulated online political ads pose a threat to democracy

Political ad transparency – who’s paying for ads and whether candidates stand behind them – is well-regulated for TV and radio. Online, not so much.
How much power do social media companies have over what users post? Midnight Studio/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Supreme Court kicks cases about tech companies’ First Amendment rights back to lower courts − but appears poised to block states from hampering online content moderation

Florida and Texas sought to prevent social media companies from deciding which posts can be promoted, demoted or blocked. The Supreme Court said the tech companies can moderate as they please.

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