[After warnings it could go off the rails, the election actually ran smoothly.]
Pennsylvania According to misinformation researchers, elections were called off on election day, especially around allegations of fraud or election theft, compared to other states before the elections.
Jignal Labs, a media company, made the first 18 of Tuesday. During the hours the poll tracked keywords related to “stealing” or “stealing”. These terms were mentioned together with Pennsylvania at a rate 6.4 times higher than the next highest state, Kansas (which was followed by Texas, Michigan and Florida).
During that period, Jignall found that “theft” and election-related keywords led to 119,000 mentions in cable television, social media and print and online news outlets. A viral hashtag, specifically, #StopTheSteal, spiked mentions from a few dozen to more than 2,000 minutes in 15 minutes on Tuesday morning, researchers found. By noon, it was mentioned more than 12,800 times on Twitter.
Within this set of mentions, Pennsylvania saw 8,150 elections stolen related to Democrats, sparked by articles published on right-wing outlets such as The Gateway Pundit and National Post. Notable figures such as Trump, Mike Roman, director of operations of the election campaign, also carry forward the mentions.
“Illigal campaigned for a polling place in Philly,” Mr. Roman said in a post shared on Twitter 13,200 times. “Man in Blue Handing Voter Literature to Line to Vote.”
an analysis The Visual Investigations Unit of The New York Times found that two photos shared by Mr. Roman did not appear to match. Twitter called the tweet “misleading” and later “rigging”, and a spokesman said the company had labeled the tweet and several others under it by Mr Roman. Civil integrity policy.
A separate analysis by Jignall showed that Pennsylvania was also the subject of more potential voting misinformation on Tuesday than other states. 3,449 were tied to Pennsylvania, followed by Michigan, Florida, Washington and Wisconsin, citing about 15,000 polling misinformation from midnight to 7pm.
Pennsylvania is one of the largest battlegrounds with 20 electoral votes.