The UK Government is to set up a dedicated national security unit to tackle fake news and disinformation as part of a defence capability review. No, seriously, we are not joking!
One specific area agreed as needing new resources by the national security council as part of the NSCR is the spread of fake news.
A Government spokesman said: “We are living in an era of fake news and competing narratives. The government will respond with more and better use of national security communications to tackle these interconnected, complex challenges.
“To do this we will build on existing capabilities by creating a dedicated national security communications unit. This will be tasked with combating disinformation by state actors and others.”
The unit will “more systematically deter our adversaries and help us deliver on national security priorities”, he added.
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