YouTube to teach young people how to spot internet LIES

Justin Mahboubian-Jones
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YouTube is launching a new campaign which aims to help young people navigate the perils of the internet, including fake news and online abuse.

Internet Citizens is a series of day-long workshops for 13 to 18-year-olds, taking place across the UK. YouTube's hoping the sessions will help young people "stay resilient and confident online", as well as "navigate social media, check facts [and] escape social bubbles".

Workshops will be lead by a variety of YouTube-associated content creators including Nadir Nahdi, the founder of digital youth platform BENI.

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"The internet is what we want it to be. It can be an unpleasant place where people misunderstand and deliberately deceive each other" said Naomi Gummer, who's head of public policy at YouTube UK.

"Or it can be this amazing place where we can share, collaborate, understand and help each other.

"We all have a part to play in making it that positive, healthy place. It sounds big, but actually it's easy and you know what to do. Stand up for what you want."

Topics covered in the workshops will include "hate speech, fake news, echo chambers and using video to bring diverse groups together".

YouTube has spent the last few weeks testing the workshops, which were informed by collaborative work between the Google-owned company and a variety of organisations including the Metropolitan Police and social policy think tank Demos.

YouTube may be counselling youth on how to navigate the internet, but the video site has suffered its own problems with managing content recently.

Concerns over commercials appearing next to extremist content led more than 250 brands including McDonalds and L'Oréal to suspend advertising on the site following a Times investigation.

Google's since responded to say it will tackle the issue. It's promised to make it easier for brands to control where their ads appear, and pledged to improve processes for flagging and removing extremist content from YouTube.

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