Government claims it needs propaganda authority to fight “fake news”
A truly Orwellian government press release disguised as a news story appeared on Bloomberg News on August 31, 2019.
“Fake news and social media posts are such a threat to U.S. security that the Defense Department is launching a project to repel “large-scale, automated disinformation attacks,” as the top Republican in Congress blocks efforts to protect the integrity of elections,” declared the pro-government news feature.
The release continued:
“U.S. officials have been working on plans to prevent outside hackers from flooding social channels with false information ahead of the 2020 election. The drive has been hindered by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s refusal to consider election-security legislation.”
“By increasing the number algorithm checks, the military research agency hopes it can spot fake news with malicious intent before going viral.”