Russian lawmakers passed legislation last week that imposes restrictions on online media and criminalizes anyone who insults the state.
Trudeau criticized Scheer over his response to a man who invoked the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory at a town hall in Kitchener, Ont. this week.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois high school students could soon get a lesson on how to detect “fake news.”
House Bill 1559 would amend the Illinois School Code to give high schools the option of teaching courses or lessons in “media literacy.”
Beginning with the 2019 school year, students would be taught about how media influence ideas and behavior and the importance of obtaining news from multiple sources. The courses would also teach students about “values and points of view that are included and excluded in the media,” according to the bill’s language.
The bill would also amend the School Code to define media literacy as “the ability to analyze, evaluate, create and communicate using a variety of forms, including, but not limited to, print, visual, audio, interactive and digital texts.”
The legislation comes as President Trump escalates his attacks on the media, typically labelling stories critical of him or his administration as “fake news” and calling journalists the “enemy of the people.”
Although, students may already be better prepared to analyze the news, a recent Pew study found. The study found the younger generations were able to better determine the difference between an opinion and a fact, compared with older people.
The bill is sponsored by Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez (D-Cicero). The bill passed the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee by a vote of 20-0.
The bill would not require high schools to add a media literacy class or lessons to its curriculum. Rather, it would ask the new State School Supt. Carmen Ayala to provide guidelines to schools interested in adding the lessons.
In an age of fake news, social media and countless alternative online news sources, the Russian art of deception plays a key role in the country’s political manoeuvres.
Experts say freedom on the internet is at risk as more countries try to control what their citizens see and say on the worldwide web.
This percentage is on par with the rest of the world, as 73 per cent of respondents in the 27 markets surveyed by Edelman reported worrying about the weaponization of “fake news.”
WASHINGTON — A BBC cameraman was attacked by an attendee at President Donald Trump’s rally Monday in El Paso, Texas. The attacker, wearing a Make America Great Again hat, “shoved and swore” at news crews, according to the BBC, and gave a “very hard shove” to the BBC’s Ron Skeans. The man was then restrained. […]
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