Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon

How Fake News Could Lead to Real War



The current fake news epidemic isn't just shaking up U.S. politics, it might end up causing a war, or just as consequentially, impeding a national response to a genuine threat. Misinformation in geopolitics could lead not only to the continued weakening of our institutions but also to combat deaths. Sure, fake news has been a feature of international relations for a long time, but it’s different now: Advancing technology that can fabricate convincing images and videos combined with the chronic, exuberant dishonesty of the commander in chief and his minions have meant that no one can feel confident in assessing life-or-death choices in foreign policy crisis. For a democracy—one with global interests—this is a disaster.