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The Czech Republic will set up a special cyber unit to fight against fake news from Russia


How does the Czech government deal with election hacking? With an "anti-fake news" crew of white-hat hackers.

The Czech government plans to set up a special unit aimed at tackling falsehoods reportedly spread by websites supported by the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to the Guardian.

The new group will attempt to stop foreign interference in Czech Republic's upcoming general election, so fake news won't sway public opinion.

Czechs setting up specialized anti-fake news unit, targeting Kremlin-backed disinformation. 

Officials say they're convinced Putin is behind certain fake news sites that aim to "discourage people from participation in the democratic processes," Tomas Prouza, the Czech government’s state secretary for European affairs, told the Guardian.

Specialists will scrutinize and counter false news, primarily via a dedicated Twitter account. It will also train civilians to avoid blackmail and resist foreign lobbying.

Fake news is being blamed for confusing American voters ahead of the November election.

The United States has acknowledged Russian hackers acted to help Trump win.

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