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Why media literacy is just the first step to extinguishing toxic misinformation

Fast Company – “To fight propaganda and inaccurate information, lean into critical-thinking skills, says the CEO of the E.W. Scripps Company…Where we are now is an increasingly digital world that makes it harder than ever to distinguish verified facts and objective journalism from opinion, propaganda, and even total fiction. Or, as recently termed by the Edelman Trust Barometer’s latest survey on public trust, we’re currently in an “environment of information bankruptcy.”To understand how insidious a problem we face, we need to recognize the dilemma where social media throws gas on the burning fire that is disinformation. The speed at which information is shared offers a lesson as to why. A 2018 study by scholars at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that it takes true stories about six times as long to reach 1,500 people as it does for false stories to reach the same number of people on Twitter…”

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