Ukrainians need to learn to filter off fake news and question information, - US Ambassador Yovanovitch

It is crucial for Ukrainians to develop skills in filtering off untruthful information and critical thinking abilities.

This was said by U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch at the 6th annual International Media Literacy and Education Conference on Friday, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

According to the diplomat, people, especially young people, often trust media reports without filtering them, making no inquiries as to how messages are created, who fund them, and what is their ultimate goal. She said that entities, politicians, or even criminals can be behind such messages.

When we talk about fake information, she said, we often have media reports in mind. According to the ambassador, this applies to all of us, and therefore we need skills, the ability to question everything we see or hear.

In this regard, Yovanovitch stressed that it was vital for the teachers of media colleges to teach their students to analyze information, evaluate the information space with a critical eye.

The U.S. diplomat believes critical thinking is also very important for solving a number of challenges that Ukraine faces starting from the war in the country’s east and the occupation of Crimea to combating corruption, further integration and building a democratic society.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3062385