Policy & Research
Policy Brief

Fake, Real, or Ad? Media Literacy Matters

By Andrew Zack Policy Coordinator, Family Online Safety Institute | Sept. 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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