Before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the spread of misinformation and disinformation online was a major global problem that can harm social cohesion, public health and safety, and political stability. The pandemic has highlighted how fake news about coronavirus and its treatments, even when spread innocently with no intention of causing harm, can cause real-world harm, and even death. This Policy Brief, based on the recent report Fighting Fake News research report, derives lessons from misinformation regulation online in Singapore and Indonesia.
This report was commissioned by the University of Melbourne. Some of the data quoted in the report is from a separate research project, Fighting Fake News: A study of online misinformation regulation, that utilised a Facebook research grant.
Commissioning BodyMelbourne School of Government
Type of reportPublic sector research report
PublisherUniversity of Melbourne
Place of publicationMelbourne
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