Microsoft join Angelina Jolie’s assault on Fake News

Microsoft appears to have gotten a bee in their bonnet about Fake News, recently adding a Fake News filter to the Edge news feed which famously labelled the Daily Mail as an unreliable source, and today announcing that it will be working with UN ambassador Angelina Jolie on an educational series about Fake News.

A 10 episode program will be created by Jolie and the BBC and aims to educate “future leaders” about the pitfalls of modern media and how to cast a critical eye on the news.

Microsoft is also helping to create a series of free learning resources to go along with the programming.

Jolie said: “All of us who have come together on this project feel a great responsibility towards young people.

“We want to make sure that we are able to put forward a news programme that helps to give them a broad view of the world they live in and the issues they face, and that helps connect them to other children around the world.”

Kara Iaconis, global head of BBC Learning, added: “BBC Learning is focused on delivering the most compelling education initiatives that develop a generation of students to become future leaders, innovators, creators and citizens.

“We are excited to be able to deliver this powerful and free global initiative, in partnership with a technology leader like Microsoft and humanitarian Angelina Jolie, that allows schools to give students the skills they need to navigate a world of unprecedented information.”

Read more about the initiative at BT.com here.

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