The 2020 election was riddled with misinformation floating around the web and spreading rapidly through social media platforms as companies like Twitter and Facebook scrambled to add warnings to misleading posts. Although their efforts were not unfounded, there is still evidence of disinformation campaigns targeting certain groups and states. Zignal
Earlier this week, the US announced that it had seized an additional 27 domains allegedly belonging to Iran and used to spread intentional disinformation campaigns. The US revealed that the group that owned the domains, the Islamic Revolutionary Gaurd Corps (IRGC), were violating US sanctions against the IRGC and the
On October 22, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) determined to impose sanctions on five distinct Iranian entities known to have attempted to conduct election interference on the US and its voters. These attempts include spreading disinformation and executing malign influence campaigns aimed to mislead
Earlier this week, the US Government announced that it had seized 92 domain names utilized by Iran-backed threat actors to spread disinformation. The domains pretended to be genuine news outlets, however, they were controlled by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Gaurd Corps (IRGC) to launch a global disinformation campaign spreading Iranian propaganda
Just minutes after President Trump announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19, misinformation began to spread across social media platforms. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have been actively combatting disinformation campaigns related to the President’s diagnosis, including marking posts with warnings about fraudulent information. With Election Day just weeks away,
Misinformation campaigns have plagued the US Presidental Elections for years, and on Monday the FBI and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) warned the public about the potential of foreign-produced disinformation aiming to cast doubt about the legitimacy of the upcoming election. Foreign actors may be trying to spread false claims
Earlier this week, a sophisticated and massive disinformation campaign was exposed in a report detailing attempts to sway US voter opinions and derail US presidential elections. A new group has emerged that aims to form a coalition that is dedicated to fighting election misinformation and fake news. Platforms such as
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Viral misinformation and disinformation campaigns cause otherwise intelligent human beings to make poor choices. You already know that.
But the most harmful consequence is more subtle and more pernicious: civic paralysis. The bad information befuddles our intuitions and teaches us that we can’t really figure out what we need to know in order to make a good choice in any given situation.
That means that voters don’t vote. Consumers turn away from trusted brands. Readers opt for simple confirmation of beliefs, rather than tolerate nuance. Customers won’t take risks on new products. Even leaders in positions of authority, when paralyzed by misinformation, throw up their hands and give up. The problem, as old as human beings, now seems too big, too easily scaled up, too epiphenomenal to try to tackle.
How can decision-makers function in an environment when the barrier of entry to gaming any set of facts is so low? How can you communicate your story clearly, cleverly, and with confidence that your adversaries, competitors, opponents, personal trolls and random enemies, won’t block your way? How can you avoid the traps that make your business, your message, your story uniquely susceptible to a disinformation campaign?
Security firm FireEye released a report on Wednesday detailing the activity of a disinformation group it has dubbed “Ghostwriter.” The group has been creating and disseminating disinformation since at least March 2017. Ghostwriter primarily focuses on undermining NATO and the US troops in Poland and the Baltics. Ghostwriter has posted
Graphika published a 120-page report that describes a new Russian information operation that was previously not well known. The Russian threat actor group is codenamed Secondary Infektion and is not closely associated with the Internet Research Agency, the Sankt Petersburg company that was known to have interfered in the US