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​'Steady wave' of fake news on coronavirus in the region: Facebook fact-checker

Published on: 07-Feb-2020

Channel NewsAsia online

A group of NTU undergraduates trying to fight fake news on Singaporeans' most-used messaging app said misinformation on the virus has been circulating "widely" on the platform. "Since WhatsApp is a closed platform – messages being exchanged can only be seen by those involved in the exchange – it is harder for researchers and policy people to track what fake news are being spread around in these exchanges," NTU Assoc Prof Edson Tandoc said. The NTU group, Sure Anot, has launched a campaign encouraging older adults aged 50 to 64 not to forward news messages they get on the virus until they have verified the authenticity with the sender and family members. The group's leader Lee Yun Ting said older adults may feel overwhelmed when asked to perform technologically-advanced fact-checking steps, such as reverse image search.

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