By Stefan Matias Kløvning
UK – Downing Street has announced that they are creating a new national security unit with the purpose of targeting fake news. This has been stated to be primarily against propaganda by foreign governments, especially by Russia. Prime Minister Theresa May held a speech in November targeting Russia, claiming they had been “meddling in elections, and hacking the Danish ministry of defence and the Bundestag [German parliament], among many others.” She also said that they are trying to “weaponize information,” by planting fake stories and photo-shopped images on social media “in order to sow discord in the West and undermine our institutions.” She even went so far as stating that the UK may “return to the Cold War” if it continues, and that the UK have to do their part to protect the interests of the UK, Europe and the rest.
“To do this,” she said, “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.” Her spokesman said that this is why they decided to create a new national security unit, and claimed it will “more systematically deter our adversaries and help us deliver on national security priorities.” She also stated, however, that it was still unknown who would staff it or where it would be based.