UN launches new online course

With the rise of social media, online misinformation has become a very popular scourge these days. In this sense, the UN launched, on Thursday, a new online course that provides users of the wikiHow platform with essential advice on how to protect themselves from the deliberate and dangerous misinformation that proliferates on social networks.

The course launched by the UN aims to help users distinguish what is real from what is not and to stem the increasingly worrying flow of viral propaganda, explains the United Nations, referring to the misleading articles and memes that continue to appear in our news feeds.

On its website, the UN recalls that the initiative Verified (Verified) UN, aimed at improving access to accurate information online, and WikiHow collaborate, since 2020, to help users protect themselves from misinformation and disinformation.

So the course How to fight misinformation launched by the UN has demonstrated that it can help participants recognize and confidently counter online misinformation, the same source said, noting that its performance earned it a finalist in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas 2022 ranking. .

In its latest update, wikiHow and Verified help users spot deliberately inaccurate content created to mislead and cause harm, the UN says. In detail, the free course explores how misinformation is spread and how to identify some of the common tactics used to spread it, such as autonomous online programs known as bots that can interact with systems or with users.

Other tips offered by the course include the dates of the images which can be checked by dragging the image into the search field of the browser and then clicking the search button, it is explained.

Look up the information at the source to see if it was actually posted there. Check the date of the article or information to ensure it is current and still relevant “, advises the UN, before specifying that” usually the date is located next to the author of the article “. Cited as an example is a social network that mentions a news outlet about a terrorist attack, readers should check the official website of that publication to make sure it really comes from that source.

Also, the course recommends users to check claims on other online sources to ensure that statements are similar, urging them to be wary of information that elicits a strong emotional reaction and to be vigilant of sensational language. or loaded terms, such as in the presence of hurtful or insulting language.

The course is currently available in English, Czech, German, French and Russian.

The course in French:

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