“Nation-state actors that target the U.S. will often wage information operation campaigns to inform (or disinform) a populace and influence their thoughts and actions. They will shape a narrative and then “push” that narrative on a targeted audience in efforts to achieve a desired result,” says Leo Pate, Application Security Consultant at nVisium, a Falls Church, Va.-based application security provider. “While social media platforms, such as Facebook, are the predominant ways of spreading news and information for legitimate purposes, they also provide avenues for malicious actors to inject their own information into the news cycle on a global scale. By injecting their own false information into news streams, they create confusion for consumers because they don’t know what is “real” and what isn’t. It is great that Facebook and other social media platforms are developing processes to combat this; however, these efforts are still in the early stages and it will be interesting to see if they mature, or even continue, beyond the 2020 U.S. Presidential election.”

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