Disinformation and the Vote: Defending the Ballot Box in a Post-Truth World

Disinformation and the Vote: Defending the Ballot Box in a Post-Truth World

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Friday, Aug. 19 11:00 AM (Eastern)

Ends: Friday, Aug. 19 12:00 PM (Eastern)

Activists who work to close the racial turnout gap fight disinformation on two fronts: they divert resources to counter false and misleading narratives that target their communities, and they seek greater accountability from the tech platforms where bad actors spread disinformation. This panel brings together a group of experts on the frontlines in the battle against election-related disinformation campaigns that can suppress voter turnout and support for progressive candidates. They will discuss the challenges they face, including the proliferation of non-English disinformation, the research- and policy-based solutions their organizations use to fight back, and share tactics your organization can use to counter disinformation.


Kyle Van Fleet


Kyle Van Fleet (he/him/his) is the Strategic Communications Associate at APIAVote, where he leads the organization’s efforts to monitor mis- and disinformation regarding democracy, elections, and harmful narratives impacting or originating from AAPI communities. Kyle also manages APIAVote’s social media strategy and supports the organization’s overall work on narrative change among other duties. Prior to joining APIAVote, Kyle worked as a Digital Research Associate monitoring mis- and disinformation at GQR during the 2020 election cycle. Kyle is a graduate of James Madison University and is an accomplished professional photographer.

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