The goal of this initiative is to help young people develop source comparison skills and promote a culture of debate and civilized confrontation.
Apple will support three non-profit organizations in the US and Europe to promote independent and nonpartisan media literacy programs.
The spread of fake news on the web is uncontrollable, so it is essential to develop the ability to discern between real and false information. The News Literacy Project (NLP) and Common Sense, from the US, as well as the Permanent Osservatorio Giovani-Editori, in Italy, will receive the support of Apple to boost their efforts to train young people with the skills of critical thinking and media literacy.
Despite advances in data analysis and the development of AI algorithms, technology is still unable to verify and evaluate the reliability of news sources. On the other hand, we cannot silence the opinion of media sources to filter news without incurring biases.
Although the type of support that Apple will provide remains undisclosed, Apple’s press release states that the goal is to help young people develop source comparison skills and promote a culture of debate and civilized confrontation.
This boost to journalistic quality arrives days before Apple reveals its news subscription service that, according to Business Insider, would cost $10 USD per month.