A new article with interactive graphics from Center for Nonproliferation Studies Research Associate Sam Meyer published on NTI’s website analyzes several cases of WMD-related disinformation or “fake news” and outlines the potentially serious policy-related repercussions. One of the most notable incidents, detailed in the article, involved a news outlet reporting that the U.S. had moved its tactical nuclear weapons from Turkey to Romania in August in 2016. The story went global after being printed in several news outlets and shared on social media. The dangers of falsified news or misinformation being spread in the digital age goes beyond “fooling” the public; as described in several case studies in this piece, top decision makers could be influenced by the information and could make decisions or public remarks (including Tweets) on very serious WMD-related issues based on incorrect information.
Click here to read the full article and view the interactive graphics.