Glenn Gerstell: How To Fight The National Security Threat Of Disinformation Online | Andrea Mitchell 1

Glenn Gerstell: How To Fight The National Security Threat Of Disinformation Online | Andrea Mitchell


Glenn Gerstell, the National Security Agency's former general counsel joins Andrea Mitchell to talk about actions that need to be taken to stop the spread of misinformation online, including about vaccines. "For many, many years anti-vaccination websites have enjoyed a field day on Facebook for quite some time, fueling their falsehoods about the efficacy of vaccines," he says. Aired on 02/18/2021.
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Glenn Gerstell: How To Fight The National Security Threat Of Disinformation Online | Andrea Mitchell


  1. “Mind control is the process by which individual or collective freedom of choice and action is compromised by agents or agencies that modify or distort perception, motivation, affect, cognition and/or behavioral outcomes. It is neither magical nor mystical, but a process that involves a set of basic social psychological principles. Conformity, compliance, persuasion, dissonance, reactance, guilt and fear arousal, modeling and identification are some of the staple social influence ingredients well studied in psychological experiments and field studies. In some combinations, they create a powerful crucible of extreme mental and behavioral manipulation when synthesized with several other real-world factors, such as charismatic, authoritarian leaders, dominant ideologies, social isolation, physical debilitation, induced phobias, and extreme threats or promised rewards that are typically deceptively orchestrated, over an extended time period in settings where they are applied intensively.”

    ― Steven Hassan, Combating Cult Mind Control:
    The #1 Best-Selling Guide to Protection, Rescue and Recovery from Destructive Cults

  2. It won’t be by restricting information, it’ll be by increasing information and transparency. Timeless solutions to these timeless problems

  3. Vaccinate through faith-free education. Feeding the desire to know, instead of the desire to believe. The latter causes mental obesity.

  4. When the fairness act was disallowed during the Reagan era , Rush and many like him could spread untruths , so a stand against untruths need to be enacted..

    1. The problem with that now, is that most Republicans consider that censorship and free speech violation, while not fully understand what free speech even means.

    2. @Jeremy Backup I get that , I have family in Texas , that are life long Republicans , but hopefully the influx of none republicans can help sway the trajectory of politics in Texas … I visited and was amazed and the ‘ we have all the energy and water we ever need mindset, no insulation , everyone living in their air conditioned bubbles , aquifer water ,all these things take lots of power…

    3. @Jeremy Backup Christians are told not to lie in the Bible. While it is clear now that the majority of American Christians are of a different sect, they do claim to acknowledge the authority of the Bible.
      So how can they insist that the constitution’s limited protection of free speech also includes a right to lie?

    4. @allan james From what i understand of their delusional thinking and self-justification it appears that Jesus cancelled all the commandments from the Old Testament so the only one that applies now is love Jesus and your neighbour. I guess that means lying is ok now.

  5. Remember when people use to spend more time playing Pok e’ mon Go instead of Wok e’ mon Bro?
    Pepperidge Farms Remembers…

  6. A step needs to be taken against the Republicans that are still spreading and upholding the lie that the election was stolen from Trump. And people like Lindsay Graham still going on fox and calling Trump Mr. President this just another one of the ways that keeping people confused it needs to stop .

  7. She lists all of these great things then asks…”Is that heading in the right direction?”
    I truly always believed there was no such thing as a stupid question…until now.

  8. You mention how our leaders are the ones who can take a stand on the misinformation but they are the ones who fuel the misinformation

  9. We missed loading the “magic bullet” a long time ago, we let our education system get watered down by evangelicals who thought scientific based education was a slight against their God…

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