Disinformation Becomes A Huge Election Challenge
(AmericanProsperity.com) – Americans on both sides of the political aisle have grown dizzy over all the spin flooding social media — only, in many cases, the vitriol hasn’t even come from US parties. Director of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Jen Easterly expressed concern on November 1 over the volume of misinformation emanating from China, Iran, and Russia in clear attempts to influence the 2022 midterm elections.
Senior cyber official: Disinfo campaigns a ‘significant concern’ ahead of midterms https://t.co/AKGZHwuLGx
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As an example, Easterly cited findings published by Mandiant Intelligence on a group called DRAGONBRIDGE, which has been reportedly working toward one purpose: sow discord and divide among the American people. The group, allegedly stationed in China, has worked hard to discredit the US elections system, discourage voting, and fabricate politically themed content to promote partisanship and political infighting.
Cyber-attacks and threats against election officials have become significant concerns, according to Easterly, although she’s confident CISA has done its job to ensure voting integrity is as strong as ever despite outside efforts. Still, even if CISA and other agencies preserve the voting process, the damage disinformation campaigns left across social media could have lasting effects at the polls.
The fight against disinformation comes down to individual Americans, each doing their part to stop the spread, repair the divide, and promote honest discussion of issues instead of simply repeating divisive rhetoric. One way to help is to check all “facts” through reliable sources like FactCheck.org, Snopes, and Politifact before sharing them on social media.
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