BBC to tackle the fake news phe­nom­e­non

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By LUCY MAPSTONE

The BBC will tackle the fake news phe­nom­e­non with the launch of an in­ter­na­tional ini­tia­tive that delves into why and how dis­in­for­ma­tion is shared.

The Beyond Fake News project from the BBC World Ser­vice Group will kick off on November 12 with the re­lease of find­ings from orig­i­nal BBC re­search into the spread of false in­for­ma­tion.

The re­search was con­ducted with the help of peo­ple who gave the cor­po­ra­tion ac­cess to their en­crypted mes­sag­ing apps in In­dia, Kenya and Nige­ria. The project aims to “fight back” against fake news, which can cause both so­cial and po­lit­i­cal harm across the world, with a ma­jor fo­cus on global me­dia lit­er­acy, panel de­bates in In­dia and Kenya and hackathon events to ex­plore tech­no­log­i­cal so­lu­tions to the wide­spread is­sue.

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