Austria's State Security Agency to Take Stronger Action Against Disinformation

OrganizationsOther ♦ Published: July 6, 2023; 10:35 ♦ (Vindobona)

The Directorate of State Protection and Intelligence (DSN) has reportedly called for the introduction of penalties for spreading "fake news" in order to curb the spread of conspiracy theories.

The Directorate for State Protection and Intelligence (DSN) wants penalties for spreading fake news. / Picture: © Wikimedia Commons; Gryffindor, CC BY-SA 3.0 (

According to DSN forensic experts, many states engage in information warfare using "fake news" to destabilize and paralyze the system. Russia, China, and Turkey were cited as examples. However, there are also non-state actors such as conspiracy influencers who aim to grow their group in the country and spread their ideas.