The origins of fake news and how it can be used to destroy a democracy from the inside.

By Tara Jons
08/30/2019 • 05:48 AM EST

"Operation Infektion," a New York Times Opinion documentary which investigates the origins of Soviet-era misinformation campaigns, delving into the mechanics of birthing and rapidly spreading conspiracy theories and "fake news." The film explores how these targeted campaigns now leverage modern Internet technology to amplify and propagate misinformation at a rate that could have never been imagined in the Cold War era. The film sheds light on current events that can be seen unfolding in real-time, with consequences that are polarizing and destabilizing for unwitting democracies around the world.