UK Government's Counter-Disinformation Unit monitored social media posts critical of Covid-19 policies
The UK Government's Counter-Disinformation Unit (CDU) monitored social media posts critical of Covid-19 policies, including lockdown and the mass vaccination of children, according to documents obtained under information transparency laws. The CDU worked with social media companies to curtail discussion of controversial lockdown policies during the pandemic. The unit ignored official Cabinet Office guidance created for civil servants and communications professionals when it classified legitimate opinions as disinformation. The revelations have led to calls for the CDU to be fully investigated.