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How Finland Fights Disinformation

How Finland Fights Disinformation

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Finland: A Model for Media Literacy Training

Finland: A Model for Media Literacy Training

  • Finland has a country-wide media literacy program at all levels of education.
  • Research suggests that misinformation-related education works; Finland is the top European country for media-related critical thinking.
  • Research in Uganda suggests that such training can work even in low-resource contexts.
  • The United States could benefit from evidence-based curricula aimed at media literacy.

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Making Them Aware At An Early Age

Making Them Aware At An Early Age

The Finnish educational model  teaches young students to push back against “fake news” as early as primary school. The Finnish government began this pedagogical push in 2014 when Russian disinformation became increasingly widespread in Finland.

Such a program is increasingly necessary as Finnish children, like their counterparts around the world, consume news not from traditional sources, but from social media, including WhatsApp, Instagram, and Snapchat.

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Early Media Literacy Education Works

Early Media Literacy Education Works

Finland is overwhelmingly the top country in the European Media Literacy Index. The report described Finland and other high-scoring countries as  best equipped to withstand the impact of fake news due to the quality of education, free media, and high trust among people. This early media education is an essential part of Finland’s success.

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Don’t Call It “Fake News”

Don’t Call It “Fake News”

The education system emphasizes the breakdown of misinformation, disinformation, and "malinformation".

Misinformation includes errors that may be unintentional. Disinformation encompasses outright lies. And malinformation is what know as “gossip.” Malinformation may be accurate or inaccurate; either way, the goal is to cause harm.

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