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The double-edged sword of living through a pandemic in the age of rapid communications is that effective information is accessible – but so is fake news that has resulted in wasteful distractions, unnecessary panic, and in some instances, actual harm to health and wellbeing.
As millions of Americans have been ordered to work from home to contain the spread of the virus, data is now being transmitted outside secure business networks. Information security professionals have sounded the alarm about digital attacks from US adversaries such as Russia and China.
While social media has been widely blamed for spreading dangerous coronavirus misinformation, tens of thousands of Australians are using their networks to support the healthcare workers risking their lives on the front lines of the pandemic.
Governments across Africa are teaming up with technology giants including Facebook and WhatsApp to fight misinformation about coronavirus on social media platforms that could propel the pandemic on a continent with shaky healthcare systems.
According to Jaejoong, the post wasn't a joke. His goal was to raise awareness about the disease.
South Korea's biggest Internet portal suspended its real-time "trending topics" feature on April 2 ahead of a general election this month, after controversy over politicians and their supporters trying to manipulate the results.
SEOUL (AFP): South Korea's biggest internet portal suspended its real-time "trending topics" feature Thursday (April 2) ahead of a general election this month, after controversy over politicians and their supporters trying to manipulate the results.
PETALING JAYA: Social media are besieged by fake news that attempts to mislead and misinform the public, especially as the country is put under the movement control order (MCO).
Two weeks ago, an opposition-leaning radio station in Russia interviewed political analyst Valery Solovei, who alleged the government was lying when it said no one had died in the country from the coronavirus.