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This Truth Forum Helped Students Fight Fake News

The youth should be in the frontlines to fight fake news.
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Filipino youth need to be more discerning and more responsible in using technology. This was the main message of the PANAF Youth Creativity Festival (YCF) held April 29 and 30, sponsored by telecoms giant Globe.

As a staunch advocate of the fight against fake news, the company brought together esteemed journalists from the country’s top print and online media to talk about the importance of being responsible digital citizens, especially for the youth. 

The forum aimed to educate the estimated 5,000 participants about the risks of going digital and how they can become ambassadors of truth. Participants were mostly budding young communicators, creatives, and content creators from various colleges and universities. The summit also aimed to educate the youth about the characteristics of fake news, how to spot them and verify their veracity as well as inform the students about the objective behind spreading fake news, who benefits from it, how it spreads, the adverse effects of sharing false information, and most importantly, how to fight it.

“It is not just the spread of viruses that we must contain. We also need to contain and stop the proliferation of fake news or misinformation. The youth, who are now more exposed to social media and other online platforms, must be responsible stewards of truth and integrity of information,” said Yoly Crisanto, chief sustainability officer and SVP for corporate communications of Globe. 

The Ayala-owned company is continuing to conduct its Digital Thumbprint Program (DTP), a series of workshops designed to increase students’ knowledge of digital citizenship and cybersafety by taking a critical look at their online behavior and helping them develop insights into the influences of the online world and the choices they are making.

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