back to article Feds warn foreign disinformation will be spamming US voters well after the November election to sow discord and doubt

Foreign-backed disinformation campaigns will spread fake news about the results of the upcoming US election in an effort to sow doubt and outrage among the American public. This is according to an alert issued by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security this week. The two agencies believe that in the immediate aftermath of …

  1. Magani
    Facepalm

    Your choice?

    Foreign-backed disinformation campaigns will spread fake news about the results of the upcoming US election in an effort to sow doubt and outrage among the American public.

    As opposed to the home-grown disinformation, presumably?

    1. Teiwaz

      Re: Your choice?

      I really can't see how foreign agencies could possibly out-do the States own homegrown attempts to sell opinion as news.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Facepalm

      Re: Your choice?

      Not as opposed to but in support of the home grown and administration disinformation campaigns:

      "Look, Joe, the Real True News Network just reported that 42% of Biden's votes were cast by Chinese hackers."

      Not that Putin would ever do that. See -

      https://www.theregister.com/2020/09/28/russia_us_security_proposal/

  2. Wade Burchette

    Voter fraud

    "Foreign-backed disinformation campaigns will spread fake news about the results of the upcoming US election in an effort to sow doubt and outrage among the American public."

    In other words: "How dare these countries do what we, the United States, do! Who do they think they are, doing the exact same things the American government has been doing for decades. The outrage!"

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: Voter fraud

      Sometimes you need immigration to bring the best minds to the job and Australians are the world leaders in this sort of 'News'.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Is that a picture of

    a Ma'Trumpska ?

  4. Chris G Silver badge

    Vote suppression

    The warning sounds equivalent to a salesman's price conditioning, considering a judge has jost told Trump and his new Postmaster to put everything back as it was after a lot of the mechanisms that would have handled postal votes were dismantled.

  5. ThatOne Silver badge
    Devil

    Wishful thinking

    > People are urged to check their facts carefully with multiple sources and on official government websites

    They also should eat healthy, exercise regularly and quit smoking. All going to happen...

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: Wishful thinking

      >> People are urged to check their facts carefully with multiple sources and on official government websites

      And never believe anything until it has been officially denied

  6. Andy The Hat Silver badge

    ok then ...

    "People are urged to check their facts carefully with multiple sources and on official government websites."

    So according to the POTUS that will be Facebook and Twitter then ...?

    1. IGotOut Silver badge

      Re: ok then ...

      And Fox News.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Sheep

    "I'm a <political party> member because my parents were, as were their parents." They then vote the party line, having no more knowledge than a child who read a billboard or saw a commercial about who is running for some office.

    Here's a hilariously sad example: https://nypost.com/2020/09/13/trans-satanist-anarchist-wins-gop-nomination-for-sherrif/

  8. Claptrap314 Silver badge

    Hmmm....

    "People are urged to check their facts carefully with multiple trusted sources – top tier news organizations and outlets, primarily – and on official government websites."

    So, from January through March, the CDC's official position was that mask-wearing by the general public would do no good. On April 2nd, that changed. So which "official government websites" are to be trusted, and when?

    Do I even need to start on the blatant bias that comes from "top tier news organizations" on a daily basis?

    The Bab 5 episode "The Illusion of Truth" should be required viewing in every class on government.

    "The truth is a three-edged sword." Yes, that's from a different episode.

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