Sweden creates Swedish Psychological Defense Agency to combat disinformation
Sweden created the Swedish Psychological Defense Agency on Saturday to combat election disinformation.
Ahead of the country’s Sept. 11 general election, the agency was created on Jan. 1 to fight against disinformation and undue election influence, The Associated Press reported.
“We defend our open and democratic society and free opinions by identifying, analysing and responding to inappropriate influences and other misleading information directed at Sweden or Swedish interests,” the agency’s website states.
The group says it will “offer support to agencies, municipalities, regions, companies and organisations and contribute to strengthening resilience within our population.”
“Psychological defence must be able to identify, analyse, meet and prevent undue information influence and other misleading information that is directed at Sweden or Swedish interests both nationally and internationally,” the website said.
The agency did not name any countries or other entities it believed would interfere in its upcoming election, although the country’s domestic intelligence agency said after the 2018 election that an undisclosed “foreign power exerts influence on Sweden in the long term,” according to the AP.