Fake, Real, or Ad? Media Literacy Matters

September 11, 2020

The stakes for requiring a global commitment to media literacy education could not be higher. The spread of misinformation and disinformation on the Internet is impacting democracy and public safety, and it has become imperative that users develop the skills to assess the reliability of online content. 2020 has seen a global pandemic that has crippled national economies, left millions unemployed, and killed hundreds of thousands. Accurate information about COVID-19 is a matter of life and death. This public health information determines how people act to keep themselves and their families safe. Misinformation has also had a significant impact on national elections, and it is vital for democracy that voters are able to determine the truthfulness of the information that they are receiving on and offline.

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Written by

Andrew Zack

Andrew Zack is the Policy Manager for the Family Online Safety Institute, supporting policy and research work relating to online safety issues, laws, and regulations.