EU vs Disinfo weist auf eine Studie zur Medienkompetenz (digital literacy) hin, gemäss der 90% der amerikanischen High School-StudentInnen bei Zwei Drittel der Fragen versagt haben:
„90% of students received no credit whatsoever on at least four of the six tasks, while only 3% received full credit. For example, two thirds of students failed to discern between news stories and online advertisements on the homepage of US online magazine Slate. Meanwhile, 52% of students believed that a silent, grainy video claiming to show ballot-stuffing in the 2016 Democratic primaries indicated “strong evidence” of voter fraud in the United States. In fact, the video was shot in Russia – and only three students correctly traced its source, even though a quick online search produces numerous articles debunking the lie.
And in another task, 96% of students failed to consider why a website on climate change with links to the fossil fuel industry might not be reliable. Rather than explore the site’s origin and backing – even though the assignment prompt encouraged them to search online to verify this information – students evaluated the site’s credibility on the basis of superficial aesthetic indicators, its self-presentation on the About page, and its top-level domain (.org).“