State establishes website to report election misinformation found on social media

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

The initiative encourages voters to be aware of election misinformation and to report anything on social media that appears inaccurate or misleading, according to a news release from the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office.

Examples of possible misinformation includes dates of the election, mail ballot rules, ballot information, polling place hours, election night reporting, voting technology and poll watchers.

“Idahoans are paying close attention to the November 8 General Election, but so are those seeking to interfere with our elections by spreading misinformation,” Secretary of State Lawerence Denney said in a statement. “With this new web service, Idaho voters can report social media posts that appear to be misleading, either accidentally or by intent.”

Denney added that once the information is reported, the department’s cyber security team will evaluate it.

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