No, Bill Gates did not engineer the covid-19 pandemic - and other lessons on fake news

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The material comes from the project’s newsletter, the Sift, which takes the most recent viral rumors, conspiracy theories, hoaxes and journalistic ethics issues and turns them into timely lessons with discussion prompts and links. The News Literacy Project also offers a program called Checkology, a browser-based platform designed for students in grades six through 12 that helps prepare the next generation to easily identify misinformation. Founded more than a decade ago by Alan Miller, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at the Los Angeles Times, the News Literacy Project is now the leading provider of news literacy education.The following lessons come from the April 20 edition of the Sift and relate to the pandemic that has shut down public life in much of the world, including in the United States.
Bill Gates target of covid-19-related conspiracy theories Conspiracy theories falsely linking Bill Gates to the covid-19 pandemic were mentioned 1.2 million times on TV and social media from February to April, according to an investigation published April 17 by the New York Times.

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