2017 has, without a doubt, been the year of fake news; not least because of the claims of a certain Wotsit-coloured President. Initiatives to tackle the problem have included whitelisting trusted websites, showing more information in search results and asking readers to flag made-up stories. So far, these moves have been limited to digital-first corporations like Facebook and Google, but the BBC is now getting in on the action.
Aiming to educate the next generation about the spread of fake news, the BBC will begin to send its own journalists - including Kamal Ahmed, Tina Daheley, Amol Rajan and Huw Edwards - to secondary schools and sixth forms to educate young people about how to spot and filter out fake news for themselves. The scheme will be launched in March next year, initially targeting 1,000 schools across the UK.
Other resources include a game developed by Aardman, creators of Wallace and Gromit, that will put students on the floor of a newsroom.
The BBC's director of news, James Harding, said, ""I think that people are getting the news all over the place - there's more information than ever before.
"But, as we know, some of it is old news, some of it is half truths. Some of it is just downright lies. And it's harder than ever when you look at those information feeds to discern what's true and what's not."
Social media is replete with the echo chamber effect: you follow those whose world views align with your own, creating a news feed where your own beliefs are constantly reinforced rather than challenged. Thus when a story begins to circulate in that feed, you might lack the context to identify it as false.
This news literacy - a combination of knowledge, intellectual tools and courage - is what the BBC is trying to promote.
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