“[Russia] is seeking to weaponise information. Deploying its state-run media organisations to plant fake stories and photo-shopped images in an attempt to sow discord in the West and undermine our institutions. So I have a very simple message for Russia. We know what you are doing. And you will not succeed. Because you underestimate the resilience of our democracies, the enduring attraction of free and open societies, and the commitment of Western nations to the alliances that bind us.”
Theresa May — UK Prime Minister (November 2017)
Theresa May is setting up a new “fake news” unit to shut down the influx of anti-Western propaganda she believes is being spread by Russia. The anti-fake news unit will be tasked with “combating disinformation by state actors and others.” British Secretary of Defense, Gavin Williamson, will be providing further details about the National Security Communications Unit in a speech to the House of Commons “within the next few days”. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today
The UK government has decided to establish a new “National Security Communications Unit,” tasked with “combating disinformation by state actors and others.”
The new unit will be staffed with professionals from Britain’s intelligence and security agencies.
In a speech in November, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“[Russia] is seeking to weaponise information. Deploying its state-run media organisations to plant fake stories and photo-shopped images in an attempt to sow discord in the West and undermine our institutions.”
The US passed a similar law in December 2016 when President Barack Obama decided to set up a government center for “countering foreign propaganda and disinformation”.
The Czech government created a new specialized unit to investigate and report Fake News. The ‘Centre Against Terrorism and Hybrid Threats’ began to operate on January 1st 2017.
UK’s Theresa May Creates “Fake News” Unit
Theresa May is setting up a ‘fake news’ unit to fight Russian propaganda — Business Insider
UK — Theresay May Creates “Fake News” Intelligence Unit