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Government starts an awareness campaign around nepnieuws

The cabinet starts in February a campaign to nepnieuws. It comes to an awareness campaign through which citizens consciously inserted misinformation must recognize.

That says minister of Home Affairs Kajsa Ollongren in a letter to parliament. She writes that the campaign is intended to make citizens become better acquainted with what nepnieuws is and how they can recognize.

The campaign should be “freedom of expression and the independence of the press to the fore,” writes Ollongren.

The government starts the campaign in February. That is done consciously because that is the period before the Provincial council elections and European Parliamentary elections. Ollongren also refers to previous elections and to the Brexit, where the debate was flooded with “misinformation and trolling”.

Research into social media and search engines

The cabinet is also an independent research is carried out into the effects of social media and search engines during the upcoming elections.

In the campaign is the attention for media literacy in schools and the “development of technological citizenship”. Exactly how that is going to happen, let the minister later this month to know.

Until now, nepnieuws in the Netherlands, no big impact, writes Ollongren. That would, in particular, by “the strong Dutch media landscape”, according to research from the Rathenau Institute

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