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Counter Disinformation Unit: Staff

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 151120, tabled on 31 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) officials in his Department and (b) armed forces officers are working in the Counter Disinformation Unit.

Answered on

19 April 2022

Addressing the challenges of disinformation and misinformation is a whole of Government effort, and the Ministry of Defence works closely with all relevant Departments including the Counter Disinformation Unit (CDU) in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The CDU is a standing unit which draws on a range of expertise from across government, social media platforms and disinformation specialists in academia and civil society to lead the fight against misinformation and disinformation.

Staffing requirements are continually reviewed to ensure appropriate levels of resourcing, including surge capacity as needed.

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