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Counter Disinformation Unit: Staff

Question for Cabinet Office

UIN 151121, tabled on 31 March 2022

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many officials in his Department 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 Cabinet Office 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.

It would not be appropriate to comment on operational details such as staffing levels publicly as doing so would give malign actors insight into our capabilities. However, staffing requirements are continually reviewed to ensure appropriate levels of resourcing, including surge capacity where needed.

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