Democracy and participation, Education

Building immune system against fake news


Who is behind this?

Bulcsú Hunyadi

Social Development Institute


Who is joining forces?

Political Capital


Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

We wish to reduce the vulnerability to fake news by designing and implementing a “wise” online, social-psychological intervention. We will do an intervention with the involvement of 1000 high school students. Our aim is to develop a fake news “immune system” for the intervention participants that can make them be critical and suspicious regarding fake news and news in general. Later on, the results can serve as evidence-based policy recommendations to address the challenge imposed by fake news.

Where will your idea take place?

We will implement the project in different schools around Hungary.

Why does Europe need your idea?

There is a need to form a critical attitude towards social media in Europe. Fake news can distort democratic processes and institutions via changing the attitudes and behaviour of the voters. Our aim is to foster democratic critical media literacy skills instead of simply debunking fake news.

What is your impact?

Participating students will have a chance to get equipped with critical attitude and skills to detect fake news and misinformation and there will be an evidence-based internationally implementable practice to address the problem of fake news.

How do you get there?

This project is innovative as it combines solid and rigorous scientific testing and up-to-date online intervention techniques among high school students who have no appropriate skills in fake news detection and interpretation, on the other hand, are potentially sensitive to positive change in this field. The variety and diversity of actors and expertise involved in this project will ensure scientific, evidence-based approach, innovative methodologies, measurable impact to tackle fake news.

What is your story?

Central European countries lack the knowledge, critical attitude to tackle fake news, while their presence in the public discourses is on the rise. Although this problem is widely recognized,there are initiatives countering it but barely anything is known about their impact.We wish to fill this gap.

Who are you doing it for?

1. High school students (reached directly through the interventions) - 1000
2. Experts, researchers and academia focusing on ways to tackle fake news
3. Education workers focusing on media
4. Social media companies’ representatives

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We would be happy to know if there are any similar initiatives across Europe we could join.



Idea created on Jan. 19, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 19, 2018

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