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Liberal groups building $22 million ‘Latino Anti-Disinformation Lab’

Liberal advocacy groups are building a $22 million “Latino Anti-Disinformation Lab” led by Media Matters for America president Angelo Carusone, Voto Latino president María Teresa Kumar, and former Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez.

Media Matters, liberals’ main media watchdog, and Voto Latino, a liberal voter registration group centered on Hispanic voters, introduced the brand new effort to fight what they understand as misinformation and disinformation about democracy and public well being geared toward Hispanic communities.

“The need for this initiative is clear. In the months leading up to the 2020 general election, voters were subject to higher levels of mis- and disinformation than ever before,” stated the groups in an announcement. “Spanish and English language voter fraud misinformation, fear-mongering tactics, and disinformation about COVID-19 spread throughout the media and on mainstream social platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp, YouTube, and other online communities. This included a significant increase in false information targeting communities of color, disproportionately impacting Spanish-speaking audiences over the age of 40.” 

The groups say the brand new lab will broaden Media Matters’ monitoring of Spanish-language media and on-line platforms to develop analysis that Voto Latino will use to establish and affect “at-risk Latinx voters.”

“Whether it’s public health, political campaigns, or policy debates—the way the media approaches the issue will greatly influence the outcome,” stated Mr. Carusone. “The right-wing sphere has spent years building a misinformation machine to target the Latinx community, which has resulted in a rising tide of disinformation.”

The liberal push to win over Hispanic voters comes after former President Trump made new in-roads with Hispanic communities that earlier GOP candidates didn’t attain. In Florida, a state Mr. Trump gained regardless of shedding to President Biden, roughly 55% of the Cuban-American vote went to Mr. Trump alongside 30% of Puerto Rican voters and 48% of “other Latinos,” based on NBC News exit polling. 

Hispanic voters that tilted towards Mr. Trump additionally helped Republicans make features within the U.S. House of Representatives, together with by flipping seats in South Florida. 

As a former Democratic Party boss, Mr. Perez acknowledged the menace his candidates face due to the political proper’s new traction with Hispanic voters. 

“Misinformation targeting the Latino community is a very real and growing threat,” stated Mr. Perez in an announcement. “We’ve got to address this threat head-on with a substantial, focused, and concerted effort. … This is the kind of lasting investment in communications infrastructure within the Latino community that is necessary to respond to the threat of misinformation as well as harness durable political and civic power.”

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