Nieman Foundation at Harvard
HOME
          
LATEST STORY
Airbnb’s “Home Alone” stunt is confusing me and news coverage has answered literally zero of my questions about it
ABOUT                    SUBSCRIBE
July 10, 2020, 10:07 a.m.
Mobile & Apps
LINK: firstdraftnews.org  ➚   |   Posted by: Laura Hazard Owen   |   July 10, 2020

Sensing (correctly) that people are fatigued with online trainings, First Draft has rolled out “Protection from deception,” a free two-week text message course to help people prepare for election misinformation ahead of November.

The course’s aim is to teach people about the tactics and techniques of disinformation, and help them talk to family and friends, said First Draft’s Claire Wardle. While the course will ultimately be translated into multiple languages, it’s being tested in English first. When you sign up, you choose the time of day you want to receive the messages and whether you want to get them via SMS, Facebook Messenger, or WhatsApp.

First Draft will be looking at ways to test the effectiveness of the course, Wardle said. If it works, other companies might follow suit — and who knows, there just might be fewer Zooms in your future.

Show tags Show comments / Leave a comment
 
Join the 60,000 who get the freshest future-of-journalism news in our daily email.
Airbnb’s “Home Alone” stunt is confusing me and news coverage has answered literally zero of my questions about it
I just want to know if I’d actually be alone.
Overwhelmingly white but leaning female: See the results of the Canadian Association of Journalists’ inaugural diversity survey
Nearly 75% of Canadian newsrooms are made up of white journalists, and 80% of newsrooms have no Black or Indigenous journalists on staff.
FTC: Let digital subscribers click to cancel. Newspapers: Hey, not so fast.
A look around the internet suggests the FTC hasn’t scared news orgs into immediately changing the options they offer online.