Studies suggest that the growing fake news phenomenon does not alter news consumption. Thus, establishing and promoting EMBs as the trusted source of election information weakens the ability of fake news promoters to have an impact. It also gives voters confidence in the integrity of the election process.
The following are recommendations from election researchers and experts for EMBs when structuring their own communications protocol:
This guide is intended to provide Election Management Bodies an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to address a communication crisis driven by fake news. Providing fact-checked data and stories at the right time and through the right channel will go a long way in minimizing the negative impact of fake news. In doing so, authorities will increase trust in the election process and offer peace of mind to voters, candidates, observers and the media. However, this handbook is simply a collection of industry best practices and recommendations from experts, and should in no way be construed as legal council. Your organization should only seek and accept legal guidance from a lawyer who is licensed to practice in your state.
Source: Buzzfeed News