Counter Disinformation Unit: Staff

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 19th April 2022.

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Photo of Lucy Powell Lucy Powell Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

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.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

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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