The Midterm Monitor is a joint project of the Brennan Center and the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund. Launched in September 2022, it gathers data from accounts affiliated with candidates for governor, secretary of state, the House, and the Senate. In addition, it captures data from the accounts of influential national media outlets and pundits, the most followed local media outlets in 10 battleground states, non-English-language media outlets in the United States, and state media and diplomats associated with the Chinese, Iranian, and Russian governments.
We are using the Midterm Monitor to conduct and publish analyses to help understand the online messaging about the 2022 midterm elections. Last week we published some of our findings. Here are some additional trends we are seeing:
- Secretary of state candidates are perpetuating false narratives about the election online. In comparison to September, during the first half of October we saw a decline in the incidence of false narratives about the election on Facebook and Instagram, although they remained at a high level. On Twitter, the incidence of false narratives has increased over the past two reporting periods.
- As we get closer to Election Day, the discussion of fraud as a topic among all candidates is increasing. This discussion includes comments made by individuals speaking out against election denialism, as well as fraudulent claims by election deniers.
- There are differences in the online conversations in English versus Spanish, including which candidates are posting in these languages and what topics they are discussing.