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Trump’s Impeachment Trial May Trigger A Slew of False Claims

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Photographer: Samuel Corum/Bloomberg

Hi, this is Alyza on Bloomberg’s cybersecurity team. As foreign and domestic disinformation continues to proliferate on social media in the U.S., researchers are on high alert for false claims surrounding former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial this week.

Trump will be tried on charges that he incited the January riot at the U.S. Capitol, an event that resulted in five deaths and delayed the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. Both the November election and the January riot were fodder for disinformation campaigns, suggesting this week's trial could be leveraged on social media for similar purposes.