Veterans’ Organization Calls On Facebook, Twitter To Fight Fake News With DOD And VA

The Daily Caller | 8/3/2017 | Staff
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Vietnam Veterans of America is calling on Facebook and Twitter to work with the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs to fight counterfeit veterans’ advocacy pages on Facebook spreading fake news.

In the wake of a report from The Washington Post bringing attention to a new study showing that Russian-linked propaganda has been targeting American veterans and the military community through Facebook and Twitter, Vietnam Veterans of America wants social media giants to collaborate with the federal government to crack down.

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The Oxford University study determined that active-duty service members and veterans are consuming fake news from Russian-controlled social media accounts. The study claims that “Some of the accounts are managed by known trolls or are pro-Putin accounts sharing significant amounts of Russian-oriented content,” which has attracted the attention of the American veterans’ advocacy community.

Vietnam Veterans of America knows what it’s like to be the target of social media disinformation.

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“Today’s disturbing report from the Washington Post ought to be a wakeup call, not just for veterans, but for the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs, who have a responsibility to protect us,” said John Rowan, President of Vietnam Veterans of America, in a statement. “For months we’ve been quietly trying to push...
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