fighting for facts.
counteracting conservative propaganda.
As part of the Progress Now Network and a National Disinformation coalition, Our Maryland collaborates with other progressive organizations to monitor, track and report false or misleading political information and create strategic responses to widespread propaganda. The coalition uses state of the art technology to monitor trending falsehoods nationwide and within Maryland.
Our Maryland is involved in helping our staff and partners to understand disinformation as a threat to progressive efforts leading up to the 2020 election. We make sure our priorities and content are specifically countering online disinformation and creating assets to prepare to combat emerging threats.
Leading up to the 2020 election, it is imperative that progressive groups like Our Maryland are consistently aware of and fighting against the types of disinformation campaigns that interfered with the 2016 election.
In April 2020, during the height of COVID-19 pandemic in Maryland, Republican Delegates were posting polls on their facebook pages to ask Marylander’s if the State should Re-open or not.
Delegate Kathy Szeliga, a member of the Health and Government Operations Committee, posted the poll in order to gauge the opinions of her constituents, presumably to inform any vote she may have regarding the re-open.
Our Maryland mobilized our followers online to make sure the poll was representative of all Marylanders, not just Republicans.
At first the poll was overwhelmingly in favor of reopening, which could have fed into some disinformation around the true picture of COVID-19’s impact on Maryland.
After Mobilizing Our Marylanders, we were able to flip the poll and create a more fair data point for use.