October 23, 2019

IntelBrief: Social Media and the Fight Against Disinformation

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2019, file photo, media and guests tour Facebook building. Facebook, which perfected what critics call “surveillance capitalism,” knows it has serious credibility issues. Those go beyond repeated privacy lapses to include serious abuses by Russian agents, hate groups and disinformation mongers, which Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged only belatedly. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File).
  • Facebook recently announced that it identified and disabled Russian and Iranian disinformation campaigns operating on its platform.
  • The proliferation of bots, fake accounts, and malign disinformation campaigns by state and non-state actors alike is expected to increase significantly in the run up to the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
  • Social media companies are moving to provide users with more information about the posts, articles, and ads they see on these sites.
  • As the 2020 election approaches, disinformation campaigns launched by United States’ adversaries will likely focus on sensitive and divisive issues ranging from race relations to abortion to climate change.