After Twitter Hack, Most Social Media Users Less Confident That Platforms Can Keep 2020 Elections Safe, by Sam Sabi

The hack compromised accounts belonging to Joe Biden, Barack Obama and Bill Gates, among others

  • 56 percent of social media users have less confidence in social media companies’ ability to combat 2020 election foreign interference and disinformation campaigns.
  • About half of all social media users — including 61 percent of Twitter users — saw, read or heard at least some about last week’s Twitter hack.

Following last week’s hack of several high-profile Twitter accounts, including those belonging to Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Elon Musk and Kanye West, the majority of social media users (56 percent) say they have less confidence in the platforms’ abilities to fight foreign interference and disinformation campaigns related to the upcoming 2020 elections, according to a new poll.

And about half of both social media users and the 818 Twitter users surveyed said they’re more concerned about the security of social media platforms after learning that hackers gained access to the compromised accounts by obtaining company employees’ login credentials.

The July 17-19 survey, conducted among 2,046 self-identified social media users, has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.  more

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