77th Brigade is countering Covid misinformation

From the MOD website: 77th Brigade is formed from; the Military Stabilisation and Support Group, Media Operations Group, 15 Psychological Operations Group and the Security Capacity Building team. The 4 individual units above were reshaped and formed the structure of 77th Brigade.

Who is 77th Brigade ?

THE UK’s chief of the defence staff General Sir Nick Carter has revealed the secretive 77th Brigade of the British Army is involved in countering coronavirus misinformation online.

Speaking at today’s daily briefing, Carter said the unit, which was set up in 2015 to specialise “non-lethal” forms of psychological warfare and use the likes of Facebook and Twitter to “fight in the information age”, had been tackling false information about the pandemic on the web.

The brigade is 2000-people strong and has its headquarters near Newbury in Berkshire, where troops are expected to deliver “means of shaping behaviour through the use of dynamic narratives”.

Last year SNP MP for Dunfermline and West Fife Douglas Chapman faced “vile” abuse on Twitter after suggesting the 77th Brigade was attacking and undermining people in Scotland.

He said the Government always considers what more can be done and must deploy resources where they will be most effective. Carter added that the MoD has now deployed all the personnel necessary.

The general was also asked if armed forces would become more involved in drive-through testing centres, to which he said they are trying to design the correct testing model and have tried mobile testing “pop-ups”, but more work will be done on this issue.

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