What happens when too many people don't buy what they are selling?
What happens when too many people wake up?
What happens when they lose control of the digital battlefield?
Mr. Russia collusion pusher himself now involved?
[SCREENSHOT: HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE TO HOLD VIRTUAL OPEN HEARING ON MISINFORMATION AND CONSPIRACY THEORIES ONLINE with description]
On Thursday, october 15, 2020 at 1:30 pm ET, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HSPCI) will convene a virtual unclassified hearing entitled, "Misinformation, Conspiracy Theories and 'Infodemics': Stopping the Spread Online."
Conspiracy theories and misinformation narratives that prey on the individuals' fears and uncertainties continue to mar the online landscape. Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, an economy in turmoil, and a tumultuous presidential campaign, there is ample terrain for malicious actors at home or malign foreign operatives and governments abroad to exploit such tensions by stoking chaos and dangerous, even life-threatening, untruths. Recent trends in the spread and reach of misleading or unfounded claims online have the unsettling potential to come to a head after Election Day - particularly if the certified outcome is unknown or contested in the ensuing days and weeks.
Although the seeds for many conspiracies and misinformation narratives - ranging from baseless QAnon posts, to dangerous coronavirus skepticism and denialism, to falsehoods about mail-in ballots - are often homegrown and amplified by American voices, the propaganda and cover influence machines of foreign adversaries have nonetheless repeated and amplified them in the service of strategic interests.