The Pentagon will examine how it is waging a covert information war after Meta and Twitter found and busted fake accounts likely linked to the US military, The Washington Post reported Monday.
Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl last week asked military commands involved in online psychological operations to provide a full overview of their activities by next month, according to the outlet.
The order came after the White House, State Department and some members of the Defense Department expressed concerns with tactics used by the Pentagon to try to manipulate the foreign public, multiple defense officials said. and administration at the Post.
Such tactics, which are used by countries like Russia and Iran, violate the rules of social media platforms.
Twitter and Meta, the company that owns Facebook, in August took down a network of accounts promoting “pro-Western narratives” in the Middle East and Central Asia.
Although no US law prohibits fictitious accounts, specific Pentagon policy discourages the dissemination of false information.
The Department of Defense did not respond to a request for comment from The Hill.
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