BBC to help students brand ‘fake news’

Kamal Ahmed and Tina Daheley

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Kamal Ahmed and Tina Daheley will help coach students

The BBC is rising a new scheme to help immature people brand genuine news and filter out feign or feign information.

The plan is targeted at delegate schools and sixth forms opposite the UK.

From March, up to 1,000 schools will be offering mentoring in category and online to help them mark supposed feign news.

BBC reporters including Kamal Ahmed, Tina Daheley, Amol Rajan and Huw Edwards will also take partial in events directed at assisting students.

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James Harding, the executive of BBC News, said: “This is an try to go into schools to pronounce to immature people and give them the apparatus they need to heed between what’s loyal and what’s false.”

The pierce follows a year-long study, conducted by the University of Salford in and with BBC Newsround, looking at how good children aged between 9 and 14 can mark feign information.

Although many of the children from opposite all age groups pronounced they knew what feign news was, many of them could not always heed between feign and genuine stories when presented with them.

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BBC Director of News James Harding: “Some information is officious lies.”

The term “fake news” was popularised by Donald Trump during his presidential election campaign last year.

He used the term to darken the outlay of the normal news media, nonetheless it is also used to report news stories that grasp poignant traction despite being palpably false.

Recent examples embody a satirical story claiming that the Pope had permitted Trump for president, which was widely circulated as an determined fact.

The issue flush again this month when the President retweeted 3 inflammatory videos from a British far-right organisation whose flawlessness was subsequently challenged.

In November, The Independent – now an online journal – streamed a video “live from space” that incited out to be footage available in 2015.

In July, meanwhile, a Facebook Live video purporting to show a charge was outed by social media users as a gif.

‘Half truths’

“I consider that people are getting the news all over the place – there’s some-more information than ever before,” pronounced Harding.

“But, as we know, some of it is old news, some of it is half truths. Some of it is just officious lies. And it’s harder than ever when you demeanour at those information feeds to discern what’s loyal and what’s not.

“But there are ‘tells’, there are ways that you can demeanour at your news feed and brand a story that’s loyal and a story that’s not.

“And we consider that’s a ability that enables people to make good choices about the information they get and good choices in their lives.”

Last month a consult by media watchdog Ofcom found almost 3 buliding of children aged between 12 and 15 were wakeful of supposed “fake news” and that half of them has review a story they suspected of being false.

The BBC has set up a mailing list for those meddlesome in anticipating out some-more about the project.

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