The social media platforms have helped to create a world in which climate change is becoming a “national security threat” and has led to “mass panic” among many businesses, according to a new report by a cybersecurity firm.
The report by Kaspersky Lab, a Moscow-based cybersecurity firm, describes how companies, from retailers to financial institutions, have used social media in order to spread misleading information about the impact of climate change and what to do about it.
The company says that since 2014, climate change denial has reached a new high and that the “rise of misinformation and disinformation is a new level of global threat.”
Kaspersky Labs senior researcher Anton Volkov told Business Insider that climate change misinformation is often promoted by “climate alarmists,” and is used as a means to discredit or discredit the scientific consensus.
“The disinformation is very much a part of climate alarmism, as we have already seen in the case of Russia and China,” Volkov said.
“It’s a kind of an ‘all or nothing’ scenario.
And unfortunately, we are witnessing the rise of climate panic.
People are being encouraged to believe that climate alarmists are exaggerating the situation.”
In a blog post, Kasperski said that in 2017, social media was used by more than 60,000 companies and that a majority of these platforms were run by “national corporations.”
In one instance, for example, Kollos reported that it had been used by Walmart, which it said had “publicly stated that climate action is not only a human right but a necessity for economic growth.”
Kollos did not provide details about the specific companies it said were using Kaspersk’s services.
However, Kolls data shows that a number of the largest U.S. companies have used Kasperska in the past year.
Kasperska’s report says that companies use the platforms to disseminate misinformation about the climate, especially about the potential impacts of climate denial, and to promote climate deniers.
The study also notes that some companies have also used social platforms to engage in disinformation, including by using them to “promote and publicize misinformation.”
It says that social media “is an important platform for promoting disinformation and spreading false information about climate science,” because the platforms can be used for “public diplomacy,” which is a form of propaganda.
Kollops report says some companies, including the United States, China, Germany, India, and South Korea, have begun using social platforms in an effort to counter misinformation and promote their own products.
The companies are using a variety of tools to spread climate denial information, including sharing information from climate change deniers online and in social media.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that Russia does not engage in such activities.