DOD recently outlined foreign attempts–particularly by Russia–to spread disinformation on the novel coronavirus, such as claims that handwashing doesn't prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
The Pentagon and other agencies in the U.S. government routinely work to counter fake news stories and social media posts from foreign governments seeking to influence public opinion. It has been no different with COVID-19.
In March, China claimed that the U.S. was responsible for the virus. But Russia has been particularly prolific about spreading coronavirus disinformation to sow global mistrust and confusion, Laura Cooper, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, told defense reporters during a call-in roundtable.
False information spread deliberately to deceive.
News consisting of deliberate disinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional news media or online social media.
The topic of fake news is as old as the news industry itself.