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Journos should be able to differentiate between ‘information, disinformation, misinformation’: Google trainer

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Awantipora, Dec 31: Google-certified trainer, Faisul Yaseen Monday said it is important that people especially “journalists are able to differentiate between the information, disinformation and misinformation.”

Speaking at a day-long Google News Initiative (GNI) workshop on ‘fact-checking, online verification and digital hygiene’ Faisul said “fake news stories actually appeal to the emotions of readers which is why it is easy for people to believe it. Therefore, it is important people, especially journalism students are equipped will skills in differentiating between the information, disinformation and misinformation.”

 

While discussing the real and fake news stories, Faisul added, “to check the authenticity of news, we can use smart keywords, thumbnails and reverse image search. This can help us to check whether the images and videos are real or not.”

Faisul, who has been conducting these workshops for different institutions also gave various tips to the students including ‘using time filter to identify the picture whether it is manipulated or not.”

The workshop was organised by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (DJMC), Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), and it focussed on ‘honing the skills of journalism students’ on verifying misinformation and controlling fake news,

Google-certified trainer, Faisul Yaseen is part of the mission to train journalists and journalism students in various tools available to detect fake news and verify news sources.