A tripartite approach to tackling fake news - media tech companies, State, consumers

Instead of viewing media tech companies in an antagonistic manner, the state should engage them, and consumers, to form collaborative partnerships against fake news online

ST ILLUSTRATION: MANNY FRANCISCO

Among the many wonderful museums in Singapore, one of the most evocative must be the Former Ford Factory. Walking down the museum's quiet driveway, you feel like you might come face to face with General Arthur Percival and his troops, trudging in resolutely as they bear a flag of surrender, soon to capitulate to the Japanese forces.

This museum poignantly captures the scars of war, colonialism and occupation, and indeed, is also a repository of fake news. Yes, fake news.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 07, 2019, with the headline 'A tripartite approach to tackling fake news'. Subscribe