YouTube teaches UK teens to spot fake news

So we’re being fed attractive ‘alternative facts’ and clickbait headlines, and it is getting more and more difficult to spot fact from fiction. YouTube, the internet’s most popular video streaming site, wants to set things straight.

The Google-owned company is spearheading a series of workshops catered to 13 to 18 year olds across different cities in the U.K .


Teens across the U.K. will get the chance to participate in YouTube’s Internet Citizens program


This workshop series, part of YouTube’s “Internet Citizens” program, aims to educate teens about several online social issues, spread awareness, tolerance, and empathy. These sessions were launched right after netizens started having issues with the site’s restricted mode, which some users claim censors videos with LGBTQ+ content, as well as the proliferation of fake news online.

“Nearly all of us will have come across comments or content online that shocked or even offended us, sometimes leaving us feeling isolated or powerless to change the conversation,” said Google U.K.’s head of policy, Naomi Gummer. “For young people in particular, this sense of vulnerability can be heightened, especially when something is shared on social media by a trusted friend.”


Google U.K.’s head of policy Naomi Gummer writes, Internet Citizens: Let’s make a better web here.

The program tackles topics like handling offensive speech online, spotting fake news, and using videos to increase diversity. It was designed by the Institute of Strategic Dialogue in partnership with the UK Youth and Livity, and created by a group of advisors for different organizations like the MET Police and the Active Change Foundation.

YouTube also collaborated with creators like Nadir Nahdi, Alain Clapman, and Efe Ezekiel in pursuit of using the platform for social change.




Naomi Gummer, Google

Institute of Strategic Dialogue

UK Youth