The use of fake accounts and the spread of disinformation on social media are widespread in many parts of the world. With the ubiquity of the internet and social media, fake news and untruths are now easier to propagate. They have contributed to populism, discontent, racism, nationalism, and anti-establishment sentiments that sharpen the sociopolitical divide. These issues underscore the importance of crafting inclusive strategies for raising information literacy among the different sectors of society.  Information literacy should start in homes and schools. These are places where critical thinking and fact checking should be first taught. 

Know more about the proliferation of fake news and other features of the New Globalization through this year’s celebration of the 17th Development Policy Research Month (DPRM) with the theme "Navigating the New Globalization: Local Actions for Global Challenges".

Visit the DPRM website ( and download the PIDS study, "Understanding the New Globalization: Implications for the Philippines” (
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