Lucinda Creighton: Decisive action needed to disarm Putin’s global disinformation war
Balancing free speech with retaliation against disinformation is not easy but we can no longer tolerate the manipulation of whole swathes of our populations by Putin and his propaganda machine
Many of us only became keenly aware of the issues of disinformation and misinformation in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as US president in 2016, as some evidence emerged that Russian manipulation of online platforms had played at least a part - and possibly a decisive one - in Trump’s win.
Until that point, online disinformation campaigns had seemed unpleasant but remote. But if we had listened to those most familiar with the master ...