If Theresa May’s ‘fake news’ unit is a fake, will it only deal with ‘fake fake news’?

Grin and bear it: The revelation that her ‘fake news’ task force doesn’t know what to do can only be more humiliation for Theresa May [Image: REUTERS].

If so – once it’s got its act together – we’re all in trouble.

That’s because ‘fake’ fake news is real news.

Yes, it’s a lot of fun laughing at the fact that the Tories can’t get anything right, but they have announced a unit dedicated to tackling and silencing anything calling itself ‘news’ that they don’t like.

The operative line in the statement from Theresa May’s spokesman is: “It will more systematically deter our adversaries.” “Our” adversaries, not “the UK’s” or “the nation’s”.

He meant, very clearly, opponents of the Conservative Party. That is who the members of the National Security Communications Unit will target.

And, sooner or later, they’ll get their act together.

Theresa May’s ‘fake news unit’ was itself branded fake news today, after the government was unable to provide even basic details of how it will work.

Downing Street last week announced the creation of a specialised Government team dedicated to tackling fake news and disinformation.

The new National Security Communications Unit, the Prime Minister’s spokesman said, would be tasked with: “combating disinformation by state actors and others. It will more systematically deter our adversaries and help us deliver on national security priorities.”

The announcement followed claims the Russian government had made attempts to meddle in British democracy – including the Brexit referendum by spreading fake news and disinformation online.

But despite announcing the creation of the unit to the press, the government has been unable to reveal even the most basic details of how it will work.

Source: Theresa May’s ‘fake news unit’ announcement has itself been branded ‘fake news’ – Mirror Online

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