A Department of Homeland Security bulletin indicates the federal agency is concerned with the spread of “conspiracy theories” online.
A press release Wednesday acknowledged DHS is “engaging industry partners to help identify and respond to the spread of disinformation, conspiracy theories, and false narratives on social media and other online platforms, while protecting privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties.”
A corresponding National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) bulletin noted the so-called conspiracy theories are being wielded by bad actors to inspire people to commit violent acts.
“Law enforcement officials have expressed concerns that the broad sharing of false narratives and conspiracy theories that endorse the use of violence will continue to gain traction, resulting in individuals or small groups embracing violent tactics to achieve their desired objectives,” the bulletin stated, at the same time noting there’s currently no specific imminent, credible threat.
“DHS is concerned that increased acts of violence, as well as targeted attacks against law enforcement, may strain local resources and challenge the ability of law enforcement to maintain the safety and security of local communities.”