Oliver Wyman Forum. John Romeo. October 11, 2022.
Disinformation isn’t new. What has changed is the speed and scope of the abuse, and business, governments, and consumers all play a unique role in curbing its spread.
Disinformation is a raging problem right now, but it isn’t new. Roman generals used it to win battles, leaders relied on it during the Black Plague to persecute religious groups, and spies in the 20th century used it to destabilize foreign governments.
What has changed is the speed and scope of the abuse. The internet and social media have dramatically magnified the reach of this age-old tactic, enabling everyone from teens to tyrants to spread lies. And while the distortions have become more pervasive, and the time and inclination to evaluate facts have shrunk.