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British PM Setting Up Anti-Fake News Unit for 'Combating Disinformation'

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By    |   Tuesday, 23 January 2018 02:26 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May is establishing a task force to take on anti-Western propaganda that she believes foreign states such as Russia are spreading, Business Insider reported Tuesday.

A spokesperson for May told Business Insider that the decision came after a National Security Council meeting this week.

The "National Security Communications Unit" will be responsible for "combating disinformation by state actors and others," the spokesperson told Business Insider.

In November, May said that Russia was seeking to "weaponize information, deploying its state-run media organizations to plant fake stories and photo-shopped images in an attempt to sow discord in the West and undermine our institutions, NBC News reported.

"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," May said back in November.

Gavin Williamson, Britain's secretary of defense, said he would provide more details about the unit in an address to Parliament, Business Insider reported.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May is establishing a task force to take on anti-Western propaganda that she believes foreign states such as Russia are spreading, Business Insider reported Tuesday.
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