Published on 21 Jun 2021

Sifting out truths from untruths: Stop, think and check before hitting ‘send’ button - Opinion

The Straits Times, page C2 -

Answers will not always be straightforward, or even definitive, on a subject like Covid-19, where so much is still being discovered. This also means that the nature of the misinformation has evolved since the start of the pandemic, said Prof May O. Lwin from NTU’s WKWSCI. Early on, falsehoods were easy to dismiss, like the claim by former US president Donald Trump that Covid-19 would fade into nothing, even as cases and deaths climbed. Over time, however, as the pandemic dragged on and layers of complexity were added, sorting out truths from untruths, or even half-truths, became complex.