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This year's State of the World's Girls report, The Truth Gap, explores how adolescent girls and young women deal with misinformation and disinformation when engaging with political, civic or social topics online.
We interviewed 26,000 girls and young women from 26 countries and discovered alarming findings, including that 9 out of 10 have been harmed by false information and lies online.
Girls and young women want change.
Girls want all children to be educated in digital literacy. They need to be able to tell what is true to stay safe. And all young people need to be able to question information before they believe and share it.
Everyone has a role to play to tackle false information.
Social media companies must do more to prevent the harms their platforms can cause. And while protecting freedom of speech and expression, governments must make sure they are properly regulated. Regulation takes time, girls also want action now. Increasing digital literacy is a vital step so girls are free to be online.
Every day, girls see lies and stereotypes online about who they are and how they should behave
Yet 7 out of 10 girls and young women we spoke to have never been taught how to spot false information online at school or by family members. They are left to manage on their own. You can help raise their voices.