Countering False Information

Published in Resources on 4/10/2018

A new DHS S&T white paper addressing countering false information on social media during disasters has been published and can be accessed here...

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The Department of Homeland Security office of Science and Technology has put out a white paper addressing how to counter false information on social media during emergencies.

Rumors, misinformation and false information on social media proliferate before, during and after disasters and emergencies. While this information cannot be completely eliminated, first responder agencies can use various tactics and strategies to offset bad information. This white paper examines motivations people may have for sharing false information, discusses underlying issues that cause false information and offers case studies from recent disasters to illustrate the problem.

Countering False Information

1894 illustration by Frederick Burr Opper​

Countering False Information on Social Media in Disasters and Emergencies

Social Media Working Group for Emergency Services and Disaster Management

March 2018 – DHS