Defence ministry clears information warfare branch for Army to counter fake news

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has cleared an exclusive information warfare branch for the Indian Army to combat misinformation campaigns and propaganda being spread through social media for psychological conflicts. The defence ministry has approved the plan amid increased circulation of fake news about the military establishment.

The decision comes amid propaganda being peddled on social media by Pakistan revolving around the Indian Air Force airstrike on a terror camp in Balakot. Subsequently several videos and fake news regarding Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman who was captured by Pakistan army have done the rounds on social media.

“In keeping with the needs of future battlefield, hybrid warfare and social media reality, the new branch will be under the Directorate General Information Warfare,” an official from MoD said. Read More

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