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An investigation from @firstdraftnews found that 88% of Tory ads were misleading compared to 0% for Labour.… via @MetroUK
@firstdraftnews @MetroUK I've been thinking a lot about how few consequences there are for politicians who spread false info. Lies are free, easy to disseminate, effective, and they play into confirmation biases of supporters. Lies don't need evidence to support them, they succeed playing to emotion.
@firstdraftnews @MetroUK Part of the strategy of those spreading false information is to attack the credibility of those measures put in place to hold them accountable. That means attacking the media, Congress, other political parties, institutions, and processes meant to keep them in check.
@firstdraftnews @MetroUK So when one of those measures does its job, for example, a Congressional investigation into illegal activity by a president or a media outlet exposes/fact-checks a lie by a politician, the politician's supporters already believe those institutions are enemies.
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