Amid Invasion Of Ukraine, Beyer Introduces Legislation To Build American Resilience To Russian Influence Operations
Today U.S. Representative Don Beyer (D-VA) introduced legislation to educate and protect Americans against mis- and disinformation. Inspired by Finland’s K-12 program to protect Finns from Russian propaganda, the Educating Against Misinformation and Disinformation Act would improve Americans’ recognition of and resilience to mis- and disinformation.
“Russian misinformation before and during their invasion of Ukraine is shining a spotlight on the urgent need to defend our country against the threat posed by these malign influence operations,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “Even before the current conflict in Ukraine, widespread state-sponsored misinformation campaigns designed to shape distorted narratives of reality posed a major challenge to countries including the United States. This is a clear national security risk, and we must do more to build up our public defense to meet the needs of the present era of information warfare.”
The “Educating Against Misinformation and Disinformation Act” would:
Text of the bill is available here.