In 2021, misinformation continues to spread unchecked. A lack of transparency into who is seeing political content threatens our ability to make the changes we need for a healthier internet, and contributes to ever polarized political beliefs. Mozilla investigated various approaches from platforms in the lead-up to Germany’s 2021 Bundestag election.
Based on Mozilla's elections-related research, we have compiled a list of requirements that governments and populations should demand of platforms before any major election.
Opaque and Overstretched: How platforms failed to curb disinformation during the German 2021 election
The actions of social media companies during this German election cycle have raised alarm bells on their preparedness for dealing with online mis- and disinformation during elections globally in 2022 and beyond.
In this panel, Julie Owono moderates a conversation between three election and policy experts to highlight what they think platforms need to do differently in Germany's election, and what that means for elections around the world.