Poisonous misinformation has continued reaching new heights in 2020. One signal of that? “Birtherism” misinformation about Senator Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, now exceeds that about President Barack Obama at its peak in 2017, in response to a brand new evaluation.
Lies that Ms. Harris was not born American (she was) and is subsequently not eligible for the vice presidency spiked final month within the week after Joseph R. Biden Jr. introduced her as his operating mate, in response to Zignal Labs, a media insights firm. Mentions of the falsehood soared to 103,400 that week throughout social media and TV broadcasts.
That was greater than the quantity of birtherism misinformation about Mr. Obama within the week after President Trump renewed questions on his predecessor’s birthplace in 2017, Zignal Labs stated. These mentions rose to 98,100 that week.
Ms. Harris, a daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, was born in 1964 in Oakland, Calif. A spokeswoman for the senator didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Birtherism misinformation about Ms. Harris has turn into the fifth-highest election misinformation subject by quantity since January, in response to Zignal Labs. The matters which have surpassed it had been falsehoods about voting by mail; Invoice and Hillary Clinton; George Soros, the billionaire investor and Democratic donor; and vaccines.