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BBC launches fake news fight-back with global campaign

Press Trust of India  |  London 

The (BBC) has devised a new campaign that is aimed at fighting back against and with a major focus on global media literacy, including workshops and debates in countries like

The Beyond project, which officially launches on Monday, will include panel debates in and Kenya, hackathons exploring tech solutions, and a special season of programming across the BBC's networks in India, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the US and

The Beyond programme has already begun delivering workshops in and Kenya, drawing on work to tackle in the UK, where digital workshops have also been delivered to schools across the country.

"In 2018 I pledged that the World Service Group would move beyond just talking about the global 'fake news' threat, and take concrete steps to address it We have put our money where our mouth is and invested in real action on the ground in India and in Africa," said Jamie Angus, of the World Service Group.

"From funding in-depth research into sharing behaviours online, to rolling out workshops globally, and by pledging to bring Reality Check to some of the world's most important upcoming elections, this year we're carving our path as a leading global voice for spotting the problems, and setting out ambitious solutions, he said.

The BBC has also conducted wide-ranging research into how and why is shared after users gave its researchers unprecedented access to their encrypted messaging apps in India, Kenya, and The complete findings of the research will be made public next week to coincide with the launch of Season.

The season will include 'Fake Me', a documentary revealing how far young people will go in pursuit of

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

The BBC said its new season brings stories from across the world on TV, radio and online, drawing on the expertise of its international network of journalists.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 09:05 IST