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Kobo Explores the Importance of Reading in Combating Fake News
Kobo published a blog post in April titled “Foiling Fake News: Why the World Needs Reading.” It notes the following:
Recently, Google announced it will enable journalists to tag misleading stories as part of an ongoing, $300-million campaign against misinformation. And the search engine behemoth isn’t alone; last month, Facebook cracked down on pages and ads that promoted falsities about vaccines, while Apple pledged its support to media literacy organizations in the United States and Italy. Together, these initiatives represent an industry-wide push to eliminate so-called “alternative facts” from some of the web’s most popular platforms. …
Media literacy education programs are more effective, as they teach participants to develop and exercise critical thinking skills. But these lessons alone can’t combat the alienation and skepticism that allow fake news to proliferate. …
So how can we learn to practice empathy, think critically, and build community, all in the name of keeping inaccurate information from spreading? One answer lies with another form of the written word: books.
For more information, read the blog post.
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