Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/55079
Title: A Tale of Two Pandemics: Fake News and COVID-19
Contributor(s): Smith, Robert Brian  (author)orcid ; Smith, Nucharee Nuchkoom (author)
Publication Date: 2022-07-27
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.34044/j.kjss.2022.43.3.19
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/55079
Abstract: 

Whilst fake news has been around since the time of Aesop and, COVID-19 has been around for over two millennia less, they joined ranks in 2020. This paper looks at the interface between fake news and governments' responses to the COVID-19. It compares the approaches of Australia, Singapore and Thailand. Australia relies on a non-legislative approach, where the major digital service providers sign an industry code of practice that must meet the Australian Communications and Media Authority guidelines. As of mid-2021, Twitter, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Redbubble, TikTok, Adobe, and Apple have signed the industry code of practice. In addition, online advertising that does comply with the requirements of the Therapeutic Drugs Administration can result in sanctions and financial penalties. Australians need to check for the required information on the appropriate government website. Singapore is one of a small number of countries that has specific anti-fake news legislation. Its fact-checking site does not appear to be widely used. Thailand uses its more overarching cybercrime legislation, which does not define fake news. It has developed a comprehensive social media monitoring organization to identify fake news. In addition, it has a website that citizens can check whether news on social media is correct or not. This site has proven extremely popular with several million hits since it commenced operation in late 2019. The paper examines the efficacy of each of the approaches in controlling the twin pandemics.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Kasetsart Journal of Social Sciences, 43(3), p. 677-682
Publisher: Kasetsart University Research and Development Institute
Place of Publication: Thailand
ISSN: 2452-3151
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 480301 Asian and Pacific law
440207 Cybercrime
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 230407 Legislation, civil and criminal codes
239999 Other law, politics and community services not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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