Engage but teach discernment in social media

I read with interest about how Google is taking steps to restrict advertisements on fake news sites ("Google cracks down on fake news sites"; Nov 16).

This was in response to how fake news that spread quickly on social media may have played a part in swaying the United States presidential election results in Mr Donald Trump's favour.

Though I am sure there are other reasons for Mr Trump's victory, we should take the role and power of social media seriously, especially since younger Singaporeans spend a lot of time on social media, and more of this demographic will be eligible to vote in the next general election.

More effort must be invested to get our future leaders to engage the younger population on social media platforms such as Twitter and Snapchat.

More effort must also be made to equip people with the ability to discern what is real and what is fake on social media and other Internet platforms.

Colin Ong Tau Shien