UK government to monitor social networks and fight fake news with National Security Communications Unit

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In a bid to tackle the ongoing problem of fake news, the UK government is settings up the National Security Communications Unit. The NSCU is tasked with “combating disinformation by state actors and others.” It’s a mission that the likes of Microsoft, Facebook and Google have already taken on in various ways, each with varying degrees of success. One of the aims of the NSCU is to “more systematically deter our adversaries and help us deliver on national security priorities,” and part of its work will involve monitoring social networks. See also: Facebook stops flagging fake news because it was…

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