The UK-based broadcasting channel BBC will launch the Beyond Fake News project on how and why misinformation is shared in India on November 12.
The project is based on findings from original BBC research into how and why disinformation is shared by accessing the user’s encrypted messaging app in India, Kenya and Nigeria. The BBC was given unprecedented access to user’s encrypted messaging apps, the release said.
The Beyond Fake News media literacy programme has already begun delivering workshops in India and Kenya. It draws on the BBC’s pioneering work to tackle disinformation in the UK, where digital literacy workshops have also been delivered to schools across the country.
Jamie Angus, Director of the BBC World Service Group, said that poor standards of global media literacy and ease with which malicious content can spread unchecked on digital platforms mean there’s never been a greater need for trustworthy news providers to take proactive steps. “We have put our money where our mouth is and invested in real action on the ground in India and in Africa from funding in-depth research into sharing behaviours online, to rolling out media literacy workshops globally,” he added.
Source: The Hindu