Moulding Young Minds

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Canadian educators will be relieved to know that Google and Facebook—with combined global ad revenues of roughly $110-billion—are pitching in to help students navigate the fake-news crisis that social media have done so much to abet. Google Canada will contribute $500,000 "to help educate young Canadians on the importance of news," while Facebook executives will work with Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly to promote "reliable and local news sources." Beleaguered legacy media are all for it, of course. But whether such corporate beneficence will curb the recent "muggings of liberal democracies" or trickle down to cash-poor Canadian classrooms remains to be seen.