Countering Disinformation

Our Work

Democratic decisionmaking requires a shared reality based on facts.

Why Is This Important

Without shared facts, citizens in a democracy cannot trust each other or our political leaders, or make informed voting decisions that hold our representatives accountable.

Today, in the United States, the unmitigated spread of disinformation — false information deliberately spread by bad-faith actors — threatens to make too many of us apathetic, or even actively hostile, towards democratic institutions and one another.

But we have powerful tools to help stop disinformation and those who spread it. Together, we can create a healthier political discourse based on shared facts, genuine disagreement, and honest differences of opinion.

What Outcomes Do We Seek

  1. Deter the spread of disinformation through litigation and other tools.
  2. Neutralize the biases in our information ecosystem that allow disinformation to spread more easily than facts.
  3. Disrupt the feedback loop that pushes elected officials toward enacting disinformation-driven policy.

What Impact Have We Had

Representing election workers and voters who were defamed and terrorized as part of the Big Lie conspiracy theory, and helping them spotlight the human cost of disinformation.

Produced research to help communities of color cope with the unique disinformation challenges they face, centering their voices, experiences, and expertise across these solutions.

Three Huge Wins for Democracy in 2022

An extensive recounting of how we achieved three of our top priorities for 2022: reforming the Electoral Count Act, ensuring accountability for January 6th, and combatting disinformation in court.

  • Countering Disinformation
  • Defending the Rule of Law
  • Protecting Elections
  • Campaigns & Coalitions
  • Legislation & Policy
  • Litigation
  • Research & Analysis

Mark Andrews v. Dinesh D’Souza et al.

Protect Democracy and its partners filed suit against the makers and promoters of the election lie-hyping film 2000 Mules.

  • Countering Disinformation
  • Litigation
  • Case Documents

Fighting Disinformation in Court

Law for Truth, a project of Protect Democracy, works to stop those who intentionally or recklessly spread false information that undermines our democracy.

  • Countering Disinformation
  • Litigation
  • Issue