“Don’t be a bot. Switch thinking on!” social campaign prepared by the “Demagog” Association, the winner of Sector 3.0 Award of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation in 2020, has been launched. Its objective is to point to the problem of fake news we face every day and to the ways the Internet users can deal with it on their own.
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As the Critical Mind report shows, one fifth of young people do not reflect upon reliability of information they read or hear. “Demagog” Association has decided to face that problem in its “Don’t be a bot. Switch thinking on!” campaign aimed at teaching society to verify information found in the Internet. As part of the campaign, they prepared 3 videos promoting fact-checking. They also created special www.niebadzbotem.pl website where you can find tips on critical thinking.
As the subject is important, some popular Internet personalities who have pointed to the problem of fake news, such as Aleksandra and Piotr Stanisławskis of Crazy Nauka portal, YouTuber Kasia Gandor, PhD in Humanities/mythography Marcin Napiórkowski, YouTuber Martin Stankiewicz and Joanna Gutral of zdrowaglowa.pl. portal got involved in the activities promoting the campaign.
The problems of more and more difficult task of telling true and fake news apart in the jungle of the Internet content were discussed by President of the “Demagog” Association Małgorzata Kilian and the campaign Ambassadors.
‘Through “Don’t be a bot. Switch thinking on!” campaign we want to share our experience and tips so that everybody can verify information found, switch their critical thinking on and avoid acting thoughtlessly as a bot. We must make informed decisions based on facts and not emotions,’ President of the “Demagog” Association Małgorzata Kilian concludes.
The campaign will last by the end of 2021. The media patronage over it was taken by the following portals: Niebezpiecznik.pl, ASZdziennik, CyberDefence24 and NGO.pl.
The “Demagog” Association which has prepared the campaign is the first Polish organization dealing with fact-checking. The objective of its operation is to improve the quality of public debate through checking reliability of information and fighting against disinformation.
For more information contact: Marcel Kiełtyka, tel.: +48 507 099 993