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DPS: 'Disinformation Stops With You,' a national initiative to protect the 2020 election

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DPS: 'Disinformation Stops With You,' a national initiative to protect the 2020 election{ } (FILE Photo: KUTV)

As part of a national initiative to protect the integrity and security of the 2020 election, the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is working with national partners to build resilience to election interferences, particularly information activities.

The Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) is participating in the initiative and stated in a social media post:

Election-related disinformation is designed to make you feel angry, shocked, or smug – always ask yourself why you’re sharing first. Taking no action can be the best way to improve a discussion and thwart disinformation.

DPS's Statewide Information and Analysis Center analysts and Cyber Crime Teams wanted to share ways in which you can help stop misinformation and disinformation. Their tips are below.

GET THE FACTS AT VOTE.UTAH.GOV

  • Rely on trusted sources.
  • For election information and polling place health and safety, rely on official election websites and verified social media accounts.
  • Bad actors and foreign actors can spend a lot of money to make disinformation seem like entertainment or news.
  • If they are foreign actors, U.S. laws require such agents engaged in political activities to disclose their relationship to foreign governments.
  • Look for those disclosures and think about what slant that relationship might put on how they report before accepting it as truth or linking to it online.

Get more information here.