Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Thursday, January 17, 2019

IN AFTERMATH OF CLOSURE OF RUSSIAN DISINFORMATION, DO NOT ACCEPT NEWS ARTICLES POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA AS FACT


If you are paying attention to developments on social media, you know that social media sites, including Facebook, have been shutting down clients that turn out to be Russian disinformation organizations. Not only are these bogus sites spewing false "news" about the United States, but about European countries as well, especially those who have upcoming elections that Russia is seeking to manipulate.

As a practical matter, when conducting enhanced due diligence on new customers, it is wise to disregard the facts contained in ALL articles that appear on social media, whether the entire article, or just a hyperlink. The disinformation campaigns are just too well made for you to differentiate between verified fact, and misinformation. A wise move would be to ignore all references to news articles posted on social media, lest you use misleading information to make a decision about onboarding a new client, and later find out it was a costly mistake.

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