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The Fake News Crisis: Lessons for Australia from the Asia-Pacific

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posted on 28.07.2021, 01:19 by Andrea CarsonAndrea Carson
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.

Funding

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.

History

Publication Date

20/05/2021

Commissioning Body

Melbourne School of Government

Type of report

Public sector research report

Publisher

University of Melbourne

Place of publication

Melbourne

Pagination

(p. 1-15)

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