Pole to head EU Russian fake news combat team

Polish information expert Martyna Bildziukiewicz will head the EU's East Stratcom Task Force, a special team set up to combat Russian-authored fake news campaigns.

Peter Stano, spokesperson for EU High Representative Josep Borrell, confirmed Bildziukiewicz's appointment to PAP on Tuesday.

Founded in 2015, in response to Russia's mounting fake news operations following its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, the East Stratcom Force is part of the EU's European External Action Service (EEAS).

The team's main job is to seek out disinformation trends and develop counteracting information campaigns.

Prior to her appointment, Bildziukiewicz was one of the East Stratcom Task Force's 16 members.