❗When monitoring a war it can be extremely compelling to share information, particularly with strong emotions involved. Inadvertently helping spread propaganda happens to all of us, with a firehouse of content across a mass of sources in a rapid, repetitive and continuous nature its normal for us to be confused at times.
❗Making us overwhelmed is Moscow’s mantra, at times they will even try to make us so confused we don't care to investigate further.
❗Misinformation breeds in pockets of confusion, if you are confused it is recommended to ask in safe spaces to people you trust to deny them the audience and the oxygen room.
Defend democracy provides a comprehensive list of Do’s and Don’t
❌ DON’T engage with lies/disinfo/propaganda. Deny them an audience by not giving them any traction. That means:
- DON’T retweet lies/disinfo/propaganda
- DON’T like lies/disinfo/propaganda
- DON’T reply to lies/disinfo/propaganda — not even to correct them
- DON’T link to lies/disinfo/propaganda
- DON’T cross-post lies/disinfo/propaganda between social media platforms
- DON’T use their hashtags — unless you are sure you can outnumber them with your own message
- DON’T use their words, terms, frames, concepts
- DON’T reinforce associations between things that in reality have no connection
- DON’T repeat lies/disinfo/propaganda — not even to counter them
- DON’T tag or @mention the account if you absolutely must fact-check or report about it
- DON’T follow accounts that post or regularly spread lies/disinfo/propaganda
- DON’T amplify speculation on events, especially in war time and terrorist attacks
- DO flood the zone with your narrative and with positive truths (not denials of untruths)****
- DO repeat truths, and keep repeating them, a thousand times