“China has certainly engaged in similar tactics, although they are a little less, I would say, practiced at exploiting our societal cracks,” she said. “Iran has done it again to support Iranian policy. We also saw Venezuela and North Korea. I mean, it’s easy for anyone, unfortunately. “Jankowicz criticized President Donald Trump’s message to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“You know, we’ve heard a lot about Chinese disinformation and COVID-19 recently. I just wish the Trump administration had been so optimistic about Russian disinformation, ”she said.
Although federal government entities deal with, there is no joint effort, Jankowicz said.
“In terms of a concerted government response, we don’t have that because, from the highest levels of government, we haven’t seen President Trump say, ‘That’s a threat, and I want that. we were all supporting our resources to ensure that our national and democratic processes are not affected, ”she said.
Jankowicz urged Americans to pay attention to disinformation tactics, such as taking advantage of private Facebook groups that are advertised as places of trust.
“These audiences are already segmented by vulnerability, essentially,” she said, adding that Facebook shouldn’t allow groups to be private if they reach a certain membership threshold.
“When you have hundreds of thousands of members, even tens of thousands of members in a group, it’s no longer a private space, and it’s just an ideal vehicle for bad actors to spread disinformation and see it. spread, ”she explained.
Jankowicz also advises Americans to practice “informational distancing”.
“When you feel overwhelmed by something you see online, or overly emotional, chances are you are being manipulated. The disinformation is based on that emotion, ”she says. “And so when you feel that way, just put your device down, shut down your laptop, walk away a bit, and if that still bothers you, then do some basic checking work. ”
Jankowicz’s fact-checking tips include finding information in multiple places, verifying the credibility of the source by looking up the mailing address and phone number, and looking up reverse images to find the original source. of an image.