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Government unit to counter ‘fake news’

The new body will combat disinformation by foreign powers.

The Government is to create a new unit to counter fake news and disinformation by foreign powers, Downing Street has said.

The move to set up a dedicated national security communications unit was agreed at a meeting of the National Security Council.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said that it would be tasked with “combating disinformation by state actors and others.”

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