One Year Ago — Theresa May Creates Fake News Intelligence Unit

“[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)

January 26 2018 — 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

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UPDATE (January 26 2019) — The Integrity Initiative project appears to be a major scandal, hardly covered by the British and US mainstream media.

The Scotland-based organization has received roughly £2 million in government funding to fight Russian online propaganda and disinformation.

Instead, recent leaks reveal that this organization has been working with spooks, journalists, politicians and academics to engage in shady anti-Russia ‘influence’ campaigns across Europe, as well as a domestic smear campaign against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who it tried to frame as a tool of the Kremlin.

The Integrity Initiative project has deleted all content from its website pending an investigation into the “theft” of its data.

And now, the organization has hidden its Twitter account from the public, meaning only ‘approved’ followers can see its activity.

END of UPDATE

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

REFERENCES

Theresa May is setting up a ‘fake news’ unit to fight Russian propaganda — Business Insider

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UK — Theresa May Creates “Fake News” Intelligence Unit

One Year Ago — Theresa May Creates Fake News Intelligence Unit

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