Disinformation

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  5. Photo doesn’t show vote stealing in Uganda

    Samuel Lando

    BBC Monitoring

    Screengrab from Twitter

    As the presidential election results are awaited in Uganda, some online users have been sharing content not related to elections held on Thursday.

    Notable has been old photos, an example being a photo from the last general election which has been widely shared.

    The photo is purported to show youth stopping a police officer from stealing a ballot box.

    On one Twitter account, the photo has been retweeted more than3,000 times.

    But it has been taken out of context.

    We have traced the photo to news stories published online in 2016 when Uganda last held presidential elections.

    The description in the photo says it shows a policeman struggling to keep hold of a box containing voting material at a polling station in Ggaba, on the outskirts of the capital Kampala.

    This was after excited voters surrounded him after waiting to vote for over seven hours.

    The same image was also recently used to allege irregularities in elections held in Burkina Faso in November last year.

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  9. Some signs of disinformation in Pennsylvania

    Marianna Spring

    Specialist disinformation and social media reporter

    It’s been a mostly quiet election day, but a small wave of unsubstantiated claims about voter fraud and dirty tricks is being aimed at the crucial swing state of Pennsylvania.

    One video showed a poll watcher being denied entry to a Philadelphia polling station. It has almost two million views on Twitter, and was shared by multiple pro-Trump accounts.

    The man in the video was asked by officials to wait outside - with a woman telling him that his “city-wide” poll-watching certificate was not valid in that particular polling station.

    The video was authentic, but rather than dirty tricks being covered up, it turns out there was confusion over the rules. Poll watchers used to only be allowed in a certain station, but they can now visit multiple sites across Philadelphia. The man was later allowed into the station with an apology.

    Similar videos have been shared using the popular hashtag #StopTheSteal. One seemed to show pro-Democratic signage inside a polling place - a rules violation - but local authorities made it clear that the sign was far enough from the voting station, and thus allowed.

    The incidents are not hugely viral - about 20,000 tweets use the hashtag - but they come a day after President Trump himself posted unsubstantiated claims about voter fraud and how it could lead to “violence in the streets” in Pennsylvania. Twitter labelled his tweet as misleading - and stopped it from being retweeted.