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  • Work on this briefing will begin in January 2024.

Disinformation refers to false information, that is deliberately spread to deceive people. Past examples include false health information during the COVID-19 pandemic, doctored coverage of the Ukraine conflict and statements wrongly attributed to politicians. Evidence suggests that disinformation can manipulate public opinion, undermine trust, create political instability, and threaten democratic processes.

This POSTnote will outline the prevalence of disinformation and its effect on public opinions and behaviour. It will summarise the main concerns and risks of disinformation, including how it is spread and who is most vulnerable. It will also highlight steps being taken by the UK government, regulators, and other stakeholders to help mitigate these risks.

Work on this briefing will begin in January 2024.

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