State Creates Website to Report Election Misinformation

A new web portal launched by the state will allow Idahoans to report election misinformation found on social media.

BOISE, Idaho- This article originally appeared in the Idaho Press.

A new web portal launched by the state will allow Idahoans to report election misinformation found on social media.

The initiative encourages voters to be aware of election misinformation and to report anything that appears inaccurate or misleading on social media, according to a press release from the office of the Idaho secretary of state.

Examples of possible misinformation include election dates, mail-in voting rules, ballot information, polling hours, election night reports, voting technology and poll watchers.

“The people of Idaho are paying close attention to the November 8 general election, but so are those who seek to interfere with our elections by spreading misinformation,” Secretary of State Lawerence Denney said in a statement. a statement. “With this new web service, voters in Idaho can report social media posts that seem misleading, either accidentally or intentionally.”

Denney added that once the information is flagged, the department’s cybersecurity team will assess it.

“If it is determined that social media posting is attempting to disenfranchise voters and undermine our democracy, the report will be forwarded to the Election Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center, which will verify the information and will forward it to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for further action,” Denney said.

Intelligence officials are unanimous in warnings of foreign and domestic actors spreading false information ahead of the election, according to the press release.

The secretary of state’s office hopes the new web service will provide Idaho voters with a single, nonpartisan location to report social media posts that “seek to destroy the integrity of Idaho’s election.”

Visit the website atsos.idaho.gov/elections-division/election-misinformation-reporting/

This article originally appeared in the Idaho Press, learn more at IdahoPress.com.

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