Young people are being asked their ideas on tackling disinformation with a competition run by a Glasgow MP.

Stewart McDonald, SNP Glasgow South MP, wants to hear how disinformation via social media has affected them and how it can be combated.

He is running a competition for a video with a £100 prize to the winner.

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McDonald is the SNP spokesperson on defence and is a member of the House of Commons foreign affairs committee.

He has been campaigning to highlight disinformation and said young people can be more affected by it.

The MP said: “Disinformation can be seen everywhere - conspiracy theories spreading across WhatsApp groups and private Facebook pages to political disinformation weaponised by hostile foreign actors.

“In 2022, it is clear just how widespread and growing problem disinformation is for every society.

“It threatens every part of our lives, from our democracy to our national security, and it needs to be addressed by the people in power.

“We know that it is young people who are so often the target of disinformation, but we also know they are often the most resilient to it too.

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“This is exactly why I am launching this Disinformation Video Contest for young people.”

The MP has campaigned on the subject before and said while disinformation is not a new problem, it is growing in sophistication, scale and reach.

He says disinformation “poses an urgent threat to all free and open societies”, and believes Scotland is no exception.

In a recent paper Disinformation in Scottish Public Life, McDonald said Russia, China and Iran have all been “credibly accused” of attempting to distort the information ecosystem in Scottish public life.

He said those responsible use a range of platforms and media to manipulate public opinion.

The competition is open to 16-30 years old for a six-minute long video on how disinformation has affected them and their peers.

Videos can be emailed, along with a 100-word biography, to or sent via WeTransfer at

The deadline is midday on January 31 with the winner announced on February 7.

The winning entry will be published on Stewart McDonald’s website and social media channels.

McDonald added: “I am certain that young people can help us tackle disinformation and build up national information resilience against it.

“I am very much looking forward to seeing the entries, the discussions that come from them and using this as a basis for future work to find solutions to tackle the threat that disinformation poses to us all.”