Fake news took the spotlight in the US 2016 Presidential Election, while in Asia, online rumours and hoaxes have been a perennial problem in elections. Countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines have enacted fake news laws, though how useful they are still remains to be seen.
The act of using misinformation to sway public opinion has been alive and well for centuries – from Orson Wells’ ‘War of the Worlds’ to health and diet fads.
Internet users can protect themselves against fake news, however. Find out how to spot fake news and how tech can play a part with this infographic.