August 4, 2018  |  Updated August 22, 2018

The US Anti-Smoking Campaign is a Great Model for Fighting Disinformation

By Alina Polyakova and Geysha Gonzalez
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen speaks at the White House on Thursday during a press briefing on national security. She is accompanied by Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, left, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray and Gen. Paul Nakasone, commander of the U.S. Cyber Command. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia plans to disrupt the midterm elections in November. That, at least, was the surprisingly frank conclusion announced by several Trump administration officials in a joint news conference on Thursday. FBI Director Christopher A. Wray described what he called ongoing “information warfare” on social media. He and other members of the national security team assured the American public that they would do everything they could to protect the elections and counter Russian disinformation. Yet the briefing revealed little in the way of detail.

As U.S. officials attempt to formulate an effective response to Kremlin mischief-making, there’s one precedent that might be worth considering: the U.S. government’s anti-smoking campaign.

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