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Sweden's Psychological Defense Agency to Fight Fake News, Foreign Interference


Henrik Landerholm heads up Sweden's Psychological Defense Agency.

Credit: ventspils.lv

Sweden on Jan. 1 created the Swedish Psychological Defense Agency to fight the spread of disinformation campaigns.

The agency will work alongside the Swedish military and government in battling fake news and disinformation.

The agency’s Magnus Hjort said it aims to bolster the country’s “ability to identify and counter foreign malign information influence, disinformation, and other dissemination of misleading information directed at Sweden."

Hjort explained the agency will work to "protect Sweden against foreign malign information influence" ahead of the country's elections in September.

Among the skeptics to the new agency’s agenda is the London School of Economics and Political Science’s Martin Bauer, who said, “I suspect policing the Internet is indeed a lost cause.”

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