Allegations of fraud and foul play in the 2020 US election spread across the internet as officials counted ballots in battleground states that will determine the outcome of the closely fought vote between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
The claims echo repeated unfounded predictions by Trump and his campaign that fraud would occur.
Challenging the results soon after polls closed, Trump tweeted that: “We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election.”
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Tracking Viral Misinformation About the 2020 Election
Every day, Times reporters will chronicle and debunk false and misleading information that is going viral online.
By Nov. 6, 2020
On Friday, a viral claim that Pennsylvania had 21,000 dead people on its voter rolls spread across the internet. In some versions of the rumor, those deceased people had voted for the Democratic presidential candidate, Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Breitbart News, the right-wing publication, wrote an article about it. Others then cited it as evidence that Democrats were trying to steal the election.
Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, shared the article on Twitter, collecting 74,800 likes and shares. Diamond and Silk, the popular pro-Trump social media duo, posted about the rumor on Facebook. And Representative Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican, tweeted: “The dead vote appears to have swung overwhelmingly for Joe Biden.”
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