Congress Must Lead the Fight Against the Disinformation Pandemic

In order to keep ourselves safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the White House tells us to frequently wash our hands and to avoid close contact with other people, and instead connect with friends and family online.

To slow the spread and prioritize critically ill patients, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has either cancelled or moved online the majority of outstanding appointments. But as the White House and VA push millions of veterans to be more connected to the internet than ever before, new and increasing health threats await us in these cyber environments — threats that the Trump administration has done nothing to address.

After discovering an imposter Facebook page and website made to look like that of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), we began a two-year investigation that found foreign trolls from 32 countries pretending to be American veterans, and using our name and reputation to engage in illegal behavior ranging from election interference to financial fraud.


Read the source article at Military Times

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