Published on 18 Aug 2021

Fake news, scams and extremist views: Should we be concerned about what older family members are doing online?

CNA online, 17 Aug -

Experts CNA spoke to agreed that older generations seem to have more trouble with verifying information online. This could be because older generations are more trusting in general, while younger generations are more sceptical, said Assoc Prof Edson C Tandoc Jr at NTU’s WKWSCI. “One thing interesting that we found is that those who trust traditional media were also more likely to believe in fake news … And if you look at the profile of those who trust traditional media, it’s usually the elderly,” he added. However, that does not mean younger digital natives do not fall prey to fake news.