UK Plans to Fight Fake News

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The representative was quoted as saying, “We live in an era of fake news and competitive messages. The government will try making the best use of communications for the sake of national security”.

The new unit, named the “National Security Communications Unit”, will be responsible for “combating misinformation” from foreign states and individuals.

Theresa May’s representative did not, however, explain how the unit will function, or where it will be located.

At a banquet in November 2017, May accused Russia of interfering in the election of other countries, using information as weapon, and attempting to sow discord in the West. The Prime Minister was resilient, and addressed Russia directly in a speech by saying, “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.”