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September 22, 2022

Midterm Monitor
New online tool helps track election topics and trends on social media

By Maya Kornberg and Rachael Dean Wilson

Two nonprofit organizations have developed the Midterm Monitor, a free tool that can help election officials track narratives on social media about the midterms, both the messages’ content and their popularity. The Midterm Monitor has been collect­ing data since early summer and has already captured close to 40,000 posts related to voting and elec­tions.

What Is the Midterm Monitor?
The Alli­ance for Secur­ing Demo­cracy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Bren­nan Center for Justice at NYU Law created the Midterm Monitor for public use, designed to surface and sort election administration narratives that can impact election officials. The monitor captures election-related posts and associated metrics from select accounts on Face­book, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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