UK to set up security unit to combat state disinformation campaigns

Jan 25, 2018 · techcrunch.com

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The UK government has announced plans to set up a dedicated national security unit to combat state-led disinformation campaigns — raising questions about how broad its ‘fake news’ bullseye will be.

Last November UK prime minister Theresa May publicly accused Russia of seeking to meddle in elections by weaponizing information and spreading fake news online.

"The UK will do what is necessary to protect ourselves, and work with our allies to do likewise," she said in her speech at the time.

The new unit is intended to tackle what the PM’s spokesperson described in comments yesterday as the "interconnected complex challenges" of "fake news and competing narratives".

The decision to set it up was taken after a meeting this week of the National Security Council — a Cabinet committee tasked with overseeing issues related to national security, intelligence and defense.

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