Published on 20 Oct 2021

Pandemic of online misinformation on Covid-19 takes its toll

The Straits Times, pages A6 – A7 -
Similar report in The New Paper, page 2

When Mr Jeswant Singh, 68, wants the latest update on the Covid-19 pandemic, he scrolls through his mobile phone for WhatsApp messages from his friends. The information must be true because “all these messages and information are going viral already”, said the retired maintenance officer, who has received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine and is waiting for his third. Prof May O. Lwin from NTU’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information said: “The amount and speed of information that has flowed from this one disease is unprecedented. “The public, and even those studying the virus, have to navigate, decipher and respond to rapidly evolving sets of information – which may not always be consistent – on numerous platforms.”