The BBC, to help students to identify the “false news’

The BBC is launching a new project to help young people identify real news and filter out fake or false.

The project is addressed to secondary schools and sixth forms across the UK.

From March, up to 1,000 schools will be offered tutoring in the classroom and online to help them find the so-called false news.

BBC journalists, including Kamal Ahmed, Tina Daheley, Amol Rajan and Huw Edwards will also take part in events aimed at helping students.Amol Rajan: Teach reality from fiction

James Harding, director of BBC News, said: “This is an attempt to go into schools and speak to young people and give them the equipment they need to distinguish between what is true and what is false.

“I think that people are getting the news all over the place – there is more information than ever before. But, as we know, some of it is old news, some half-truths. Some of it is just downright lies. And it is more difficult than ever, when you look at the information feed to discern what is true and what is not.

“But there are ‘tells’, there are ways that you can look your news feeds and identifying a true story and a story that does not. And we think that this is a skill that allows people to make the right choices, information, and good choices in their lives.”

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