The ‘Wikipedia’ defines propaganda as information ideas rumors spread deliberately to widely influence opinions.Propaganda can be used in commercials in order to advertise radio, newspaper, posters ,books, television and other media .Propaganda is being spread by both the government and media. The aim of US laws against propaganda is to regulate or rather the reduce the spread of rumors as it causes more bad than good as propaganda seeks to change the way people understand an issue or situation for the purpose of changing their actions and expectations in ways that are desirable to the interest group.
Propaganda can be grouped into three types Grey , White, Black according to historian Zbynek Zemen .
White propaganda openly discloses its sources and intent.
Grey propaganda has an ambiguous or non-disclosed source or intent.
Black propaganda seeks to be published by the enemy or some organization besides its actual origins.
The first large scale use of propaganda was used in world war 1, although during world war II the US didn’t have any propaganda but the Roosevelt used a certain means to circumvent this official line, later during the cold war the US government produced vast amounts of propaganda against communism and the soviet bloc.
US law against propaganda signed by former president of America President Obama on December 23 2016 signed Portman Murphy counter propaganda bill into law this law promotes Co-ordinated strategy to defend America, allies against propaganda and disinformation from Russia, china and other.
The US law against propaganda was lifted after the adjustment of the Smith Mundt which was an act to promote better understanding of the united states among the peoples of the world and to strengthen cooperative international relation.
Propaganda was originally a neutral term for the dissemination of information in favour of any given cause .During the 20th century a new term was adapted by the western countries, having a negative meaning ,here propaganda was defined as an intentional dissemination of often false but certainly “compelling” claims to support or justify political actions or ideologies.