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As PH wallows in fake news, Google ramps up fight against misinformation

New data from Google Trends show that the Philippines is still the top country in the world searching for terms “fake news” and “misinformation” over the past year.

Google: Pinoys top searchers for terms ‘fake news’, ‘misinformation’ in 2023

The country is also part of the top ten in the world searching for “disinformation” and “fact-checking” as topics. This means that more Filipinos are getting curious and would like to understand more about these important issues, Google said.

7 tips for spotting fake news

Fact-checking is a basic skill that everyone should learn, Deunida is quick to point out, adding that there are some quick and easy ways to help spot fake news.

Debunked hacking claim meant to cast doubt on Comelec, polls: solon

In a statement, BHW party-list representative Angelica Natasha Co said the debunked Comelec hacking claim “is an attempt to cast seeds of doubt in the minds of the public on an IT matter that is beyond their understanding.”

UP prof highlights role of fact-checking vs. online disinformation

Citing a study, UP masscom associate professor Yvonne Chua said Facebook is the main channel of disinformation among Filipino respondents.

‘Infodemic’ on fake news spreading faster than Covid-19: expert

A research expert said “the damage inflicted by fake news can be serious, and its ramifications far and wide, as news could travel more quickly on social media, especially sensational stories, which most disinformation producers invent in selling fake news.”

To fight fake news, Facebook PH doubles down on digital literacy program

Social media giant Facebook has launched “Digital Tayo 2.0”, an updated version of its digital literacy program that includes new modules on “Digital Engagement” and “Digital Empowerment”.

Nearly 2-in-10 in SEA share news on social media before verifying if true

When users are sharing information without giving it any thought, it is quite likely that they are motivated by the prospect of presenting themselves as updated and well-informed netizens.

iTHINK | Say no to fake news this new year

“A lot of people share these things with the thought ‘there’s no harm in sharing’ – thinking that if it turns out to be true, then they somehow helped. As good as their intentions may be, sharing false or misleading information can actually be harmful.” – Owen Cammayo

Anti-fake news hackathon makes PH stop, seeks participants

The “Break the Fake Hackathon” is three-city event that challenges programmers and developers to create systems that will help institutions battle disinformation.
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