Ensure news is authentic, youths urged

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 16 Jul 2019

Idris (in baju Melayu) with participants of the Melaka International Youth Dialogue.

MELAKA: Social media is emerging as a favourite platform to spread fake news by those with ill intentions, says World Assembly of Youth (WAY) president Datuk Seri Idris Haron.

He said fake news, especially on political issues, was often based on melodramatic and fictitious pictures to deceive readers.

“I hope youths can distinguish between fake and authentic news by cross-checking with mainstream media or reliable news agencies,” he said in his keynote address at the 19th Melaka International Youth Dialogue at a hotel here.Idris said young people were getting more savvy when reading news on social media.

“Youths are now able to distinguish between fake and trustworthy news after realising that there is fake news posted by irresponsible parties,” he said.

Idris said the consequences of fake news could be devastating, especially regarding communal and religious issues.

He said youths should stop fake news by not forwarding articles deemed fake.

“Sharing fake news is turning out to be a great global concern and we can stop it by gauging the legitimacy of the source,” he added.

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