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Your guide to handling conspiracies at the (virtual) dinner table

Your guide to handling conspiracies at the (virtual) dinner table

This piece was originally published in the November 24, 2020 edition of CAP Action’s daily newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

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“A sacrifice now [will] pay off in the protection of the health and safety of a loved one.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci on why you shouldn’t travel for Thanksgiving

The holiday season is here — and even under these circumstances, we’re doing what we can to make the most of it.

But while navigating the holidays can be difficult, combatting disinformation at the (virtual) dinner table can be even trickier.

Follow these steps to debunk false information without spreading it further:

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You may have seen Trump’s latest conspiracy theory “Dominion floating around the internet. Here’s some context from last week’s edition of our weekly newsletter, What’s Trending?, to help set things straight:

  • Dominion Voting Systems is a software used successfully by local governments around the world to help manage elections.
  • Trump lost this election decisively, so he’s scrambling for ways to delegitimize the results — including blaming the company for “software glitches” in Michigan and Georgia.
  • The bottom line: There is absolutely zero evidence that our election system was compromised. In fact, Trump’s own Department of Homeland Security called the 2020 election “the most secure in American history.”

Do you know someone who doesn’t believe COVID-19 is as bad as it is? Check out our quick, shareable guide to debunking false information about the pandemic on Facebook and Twitter for a safe and factual Thanksgiving:


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