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Apple partners with media literacy programs to curb disinformation

Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Apple CEO Tim Cook. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Apple will collaborate with 3 nonprofit organizations around the globe with media literacy programs in an effort to combat fake news and encourage reliable public news consumption, the company announced on Tuesday.

Details: The partnership will advance the organizations' — the News Literacy Project and Common Sense in the U.S. and Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori in Italy — existing programs as they strive to teach young people to be critical consumers of information in the digital age. The partnership comes as Apple is set to unveil a news subscription service starting March 25th.

Putin signs bill banning "blatant disrespect" for Russian state online

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a set of controversial measures into law Monday that criminalize the dissemination of information online that "exhibits blatant disrespect for the society, government, official government symbols, constitution or governmental bodies of Russia," the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: Russian lawmakers say the bills are intended to combat fake and abusive comments online, but critics have labeled the legislation "direct censorship" and yet another step toward autocracy. Online publications and users that repeatedly spread "fake news" will "face fines of up to 1.5 million rubles, or $22,900." Repeat offenders that publish information deemed insulting to Russian authorities — including Putin — could face 15 days in jail.

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