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BBC's anti-disinformation initiative launches on Nov 12

IANS  |  New Delhi 

In its bid to fight the menace of fake news, the BBC on Friday said it would launch on November 12 a project with a major focus on global literacy, panel debates in and Kenya, hackathons exploring and a special season of programming.

The "Beyond Fake News" project will kick-start with the release of findings from original research into how and why disinformation is shared, the BBC said.

The research to be released publicly on November 12 comes after users gave the BBC unprecedented access to their encrypted messaging apps in India, Kenya, and

"In 2018 I pledged that the Group would move beyond just talking about the global 'fake news' threat, and take concrete steps to address it.

"Poor standards of global literacy, and the ease with which malicious content can spread unchecked on digital platforms mean there's never been a greater need for trustworthy providers to take proactive steps," Jamie Angus, of the Group, said in a statement.

"We have put our money where our mouth is and invested in real action on the ground in and in Africa," Angus added.

The Beyond season will include "Fake Me", a documentary revealing how far young people will go in pursuit of social perfection, as well as the in-depth story of what happened when turned one Indian village into a lynch mob.

There will also be reports on Russia's disinformation campaign, how is being exploited in the to spread false information, and a debate with the world's big four tech firms on what role they play in stemming the spread of



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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 16:58 IST