House Lawmakers Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Weed out Foreign Disinformation on Social Media
Maggie Miller, The Hill
“The United States must be on guard against those who seek to sow division and spread false information,” Spanberger said in a statement on Friday. “Disclaimers on misleading, foreign-backed social media posts are often non-existent, particularly when content is shared or linked. In these instances, social media works as a rumor mill for disinformation.”
Spanberger, a former CIA officer, said that the legislation would assist in halting efforts by nations, including China, Russia and Iran, from spreading disinformation and misinformation, with all three nations taking an increasing interest in this over the past few years.
“By requiring foreign disclaimers within the actual content of social media posts, we can make sure the public knows the origins of information — and we can strengthen our democracy for the better,” she said.