Break the Fake Movement is an independent group of youth leaders from different professions and sectors committed to fighting against the spread of fake news by organizing activities and events that will engage the public especially the youth in promoting civil and ethical conversations online. In 2017, 40 youth leaders were gathered by the U.S. Embassy Manila to attend a New Media Workshop.
After winning a grant from the U.S. Embassy to implement a blogging competition across Metro Manila, a new organization was born. We have utilized the power of social media to engage different people in conversations about new media and literacy and awareness. We used the platforms we know best to help contribute to the greater anti-fake news narrative.
But since 2019, we have expanded our wings to also cover new media, responsible digital citizenship, and media literacy and awareness.
To establish support for organizations and initiatives that aim to address the issue of fake news and disinformation – whether it be from providing a database for all these voices to really providing manpower in media literacy events.
As an organization and as individuals, we value integrity, passion, bravery, and commitment to excellence. At Break the Fake, we believe that everyone must be given the right to informed decision through access to balanced and peer-reviewed knowledge.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
We aim to become a go-to organization for promoting media literacy and addressing fake news and disinformation through technology.
WHAT WE DO
The Break the Fake Movement has evolved from being just a grant winner to an organized group of young professionals not just within Metro Manila but across Southeast Asia. We now have international partners in Indonesia and Malaysia.
We mainstream the conversation on fake news and disinformation. And by taking it to an international level, we can explore new ways of addressing this global issue, while also improving our current processes. We offer media literacy workshops and seminars and talks, organize competitions, and provide support to other initiatives that address the issue of fake news. In the future, we aim to provide resources (both online and offline) to democratize access to teaching media literacy.
In the past 3 years, we have established strong partnerships with key institutions as well as build our own following and recruitment base.
We provide seminar-workshops on media literacy, social media etiquette, voters education, and many others. The most notable of which are for an audience of 1000+ delivered in SM Cebu in front of Aboitiz scholars, workshop for #GrowASEAN, and workshop for youth leaders in Metro Manila in collaboration with YSEALI AMPLIFY.
We also have a pool of speakers, and contacts who can speak in the topic of fake news and disinformation and ways to address them. Our last engagement is with the Department of Education, which amassed a total of 104,000 views.
We run information campaigns of several types to help contribute to a constructive online discourse. This year, in cooperation with Facebook, we are launching an online campaign against disinformation.
INFO BOOTH SET-UPS
We sometimes visit offline events and set-up our own booths to expand our recruitment base and also provide information to event attendees.
We have hosted a blogging competition against fake news and disinformation 2 years ago, In 2019, we organized a series of hackathons across Southeast Asia. In 2020, we also hosted a vlogging competition across the Philippines.
We enable focus group discussions, especially among media outlets, to explore potential areas of collaboration in fighting the issue.
We facilitate group activities such as teambuilding in offices and organizations who want to institutionalize media literacy within their culture.
We also provide hands-on mentoring sessions to guide the new generation of leaders on how to navigate through the slippery slope of fake news and disinformation and creatively tackle it.