Averting an ‘Infodemic’

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OTHER than the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) that has brought the world to its knees, fake news related to this pandemic has been spreading so fast that experts have been prompted to raise an urgent red flag before it grows into a full-blown crisis  dubbed an “infodemic.”

World Health Organization’s (WHO) Digital Business Solutions Manager Andrew Pattinson referred to it as the prevalence of false information regarding an ensuing health emergency of international scale.

“There is no doubt that fake news is rampant [nowadays], and we need to address this effectively,” former Dean of Ateneo School of Government Tony La Viña said in a virtual session on “Trusted Content, Fake News, and the Law in the Time of Covid-19” held recently by Thomson Reuters Manila and One Young World.

Technological advancement in this digital era has facilitated the quick dissemination of fake news. With the emergence of the Internet and

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