5Cs to fight online falsehoods

It's vital to understand the categories of harmful information online, and the different intent of people creating them.

During its first week of hearings, the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods heard from academics, experts and community leaders on the potential impact of the problem and possible approaches to combat it.

They highlighted how Singapore's multicultural make-up and high Internet connectivity make it an easy target of disinformation campaigns that sow enmity among different groups and destabilise the country.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 21, 2018, with the headline '5Cs to fight online falsehoods'. Print Edition | Subscribe