Last year Apple announced that they acquired Texture, a “Netflix for magazines” so to speak. The acquisition is said to be part of a larger plan where Apple expects to launch their own news and magazine subscription service, and it seems that Apple could be trying to give its service more credibility.

The company has recently announced that they will be launching an initiative in the US and Europe where they are hoping to educate readers on how to spot fake news. According to Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, “News literacy is vital to sustaining a free press and thriving democracy, and we are proud to be collaborating with organizations on the front lines of this effort.”

He adds, “We’ve been impressed by the important work being done by the News Literacy Project, Common Sense and Osservatorio, empowering young people to be active and engaged citizens.” Apple isn’t alone in their efforts to try and detect and prevent fake news from spreading. In the past we’ve seen similar efforts by social media platforms such as Facebook where they would try to introduce additional information/sources to articles to give users better context.

Even WhatsApp has rolled out new features that will help users better identify fake news, and YouTube has also launched workshops where it will try to educate teens on how to spot fake news. Apple will be hosting an event on the 25th of March where we might finally be able to learn more about the company’s upcoming services.

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