Mains Paper 3: Internal Security | Role of media & social networking sites in internal security challenges
From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:
Prelims level: Beyond Fake News Project
Mains level: Menace of fake news in India and measures to curb it
Beyond Fake News Project
- The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has devised a new campaign that is aimed at fighting back against disinformation and fake news.
- It lays a major focus on global media literacy, including workshops and debates in countries like India.
- In 2018 BBC has pledged that the World Service Group would move beyond just talking about the global ‘fake news’ threat, and take concrete steps to address it.
- The most highlighted initiatives under the Project includes:
- In-depth research of Funding
- Sharing online behaviors,
- Rolling out media literacy workshops globally
- BBC Reality Check for upcoming elections
Initiatives for India
- The project will include panel debates in India and Kenya, hackathons exploring tech solutions.
- It will include a special season of programming across the BBC’s networks in India, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the US and Central America.
- The Beyond Fake News media literacy programme has already begun delivering workshops in India and Kenya, drawing on work to tackle disinformation in the UK,
- Digital literacy workshops have also been delivered to schools across these countries.
Research on Disinformation
- The BBC has also conducted wide-ranging research into how and why disinformation is shared after users gave its researchers unprecedented access to their encrypted messaging apps in India, Kenya, and Nigeria.
- The complete findings of the research will be made public next week to coincide with the launch of the Beyond Fake News Season.
- The season will include ‘Fake Me’, a documentary revealing how far young people will go in pursuit of social media perfection.
- There will also be reports on how Facebook is being exploited in the Philippines to spread false information.