Disinformation and false trending saturate social media.
Disinformation is false or fraudulent material spread deliberately and often covertly in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth.
False trending is the artificial amplification of online traffic to create the illusion of popularity and support.
Influence operations can erode public trust overnight — often on a global scale.
Influence operations are the methods by which trolls and coordinated disinformation campaigns spread their messages: fake reviews, fake social media accounts, viral memes, and bots.