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Beware destructive power of social media

It can undermine an electoral process through misinformation; cause social backlash if exploited

Social media's increasing impact on national events like elections cannot be understated. The latest upset in Malaysia is a case study in how misinformation can create unnecessary panic.

While it is too early to map out the repercussions accurately, it is safe to say that there were many photos and videos posted by users with a specific agenda.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 13, 2018, with the headline 'Beware destructive power of social media'. Print Edition | Subscribe