Apple will fight fake news where it counts

Apple will fight fake news where it counts
After reportedly being snubbed by NYT and WP about its upcoming aggregator subscription service, Apple isn't discouraged to fight fake news another way. It just announced an intitiave to front media literacy programs in the US and Europe, educating the next generation of citizen journalists on the perils of made-up stories going viral. 

In short, Apple will be giving resources to three pertinent organizations - the News Literacy Project (NLP), Common Sense in the US, and Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori in Italy. The NLP's virtual classroom teaches the so-called "Checkology," for instance, has already been completed by more than 124,000 students in all 50 states, plus it is active in 104 other countries besides the US. 

The Common Sense organization offers a Digital Citizenship Curriculum that is taught to half of US schools already. The Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori has been doing media literacy programs for 18 years and is very active in Europe, so Apple's contributions to these three fake news fighters basically covers all of the so-called West. As per James P. Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense:


Apple has the luxury to actually create sought-after items, and doesn't need to survive on trading user data, but Facebook and Google don't have that option, so getting something for nothing was bound to end up in a "you are the product" kind of arrangement when it comes to privacy and fake news dissemination. Tim Cook is a big privacy buff, but he can't stop your crazy uncle from sharing uncorroborated stories on Facebook, so Apple is doing the next best thing - helping educate the new generation not to trust news sources that have never been to journalism school.

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11 Comments

1. cmdacos

Posts: 4306; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Will this include purging posts that recap their keynotes where they callout 'best ever' or 'first ever' BS?

3. IT-Engineer

Posts: 568; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Nope, that one is not in the section (where it counts)

2. Charlie2k

Posts: 152; Member since: Jan 11, 2016

Apple wouldnt even exist if it wasnt for fake news and propaganda. So i call bluff on their claim wanting to fight fake news since that would be the end of their own existence. Msm is sooo Apple biased.

5. someguy2261

Posts: 259; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

You mean Apple will only let you see news that they approve of. Like communist countries filter things out.

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4306; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

They're learning from their business relationship with China.

12. Vokilam

Posts: 1346; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

actually that's what i'm thinking too.. apple and google are extremely biased toward left.

6. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

yea, no thanks. Any company out of California should probably not be trusted with cleaning up news.

7. User123456789

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Saying iPhone Xr deserves more than 7,5 is fake news.

13. IT-Engineer

Posts: 568; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Wow phonearena deleted my comment, the one I said to you ( its PhoneArena fake news) So why should I defend the freedom of press when journalists like the ones this site delete your comment cause freedom of speech bothers them when you criticize them!!!!

10. Vancetastic

Posts: 1703; Member since: May 17, 2017

Who decides “where it counts”?

11. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I think the major problem is dressing opinion up as fact.

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