When it comes to politics, the Internet isn’t just helping in obvious ways like fundraising and getting out the vote. It’s also helping to out politicians and other bad actors who try to deceive – a necessary tool when the press isn’t doing its job, says Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist and craigconnects.org.
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This election year, craigconnects is focusing on issues including voter protection and ensuring everybody who wants to vote can, as well as truthfulness. “It’s grown acceptable for some politicians to just come out and lie and we need means to try to deal with that,” Newmark said.
Saying the traditional media and press don’t fact-check enough to hold politicians and other authority figures accountable, “we need people of good will to get the job done,” Newmark added. ”Ordinary people should act together to hold bad actors accountable. People are beginning to figure out how to do that.”
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