Hontiveros: Legislate skills-based training and media literacy programs

Hontiveros: Legislate skills-based training and media literacy programs

By Liza Soriano

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MANILA — Senator Risa Hontiveros said that skills-based training and media literacy programs should be legislated to help the public detect fake news and rebuild the habit of truth-seeking.

“Lumalaki ang mga anak natin sa isang lipunan ng kasinungalingan. Empowering the public to seek out credible avenues for verified information should be a top priority.”

It should be backed by a strong partnership between national and local government, schools, non-governmental organizations, and other training institutes, the senator added.

The statement was made after the Pulse Asia survey revealed that 90 percent of Filipinos were exposed to political fake news.

“We should also consider adopting the European Union’s practice of requiring social media companies to submit reports on how disinformation spreads on their platforms and its impact on our country,” Hontiveros said.

“It’s about time that the government pressures social media networks to be accountable,” she added.

The senator expects the government to “lead the way by being uncompromising on the truth so that integrity becomes the norm again.” (ai/mtvn)

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