Combating Foreign Disinformation on Social Media

U.S. cyber warfare operators lit from below by computer screens

Cyber operators at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Middle River, Md

Photo by J.M. Eddins Jr./U.S. Air Force

How are countries using social media—particularly disinformation campaigns—to influence the competitive space? How have governments, the private sector, and civil society responded to this threat? What more can be done? And what do all these conditions mean for future U.S. Air Force and joint force training and operations? An effort from RAND Project AIR FORCE attempts to answer some of these questions as part of a broader study of disinformation campaigns on social media, and the implications of those campaigns in great-power competition and conflict.

The project's findings are presented on this site. In the first report, authors examine the state of disinformation techniques and countermeasures, and focus on ways the U.S. can respond. Another report focuses on China's use of disinformation campaigns. A future report will look at Russian disinformation practices.

Reports in This Series