South Koreans’ trust in media lacking amid deluge of fake news


it seems the increase of fake news and
half make truths we see on social media has cost many members of the public to
question nearly everything they read in the last part of our three-part series
who was a young Explorer stood what needs to be done to restore faith in
media and help the public distinguish what’s real and what’s fake it seems that Korean society needs more
fundamental solutions in its fight against fake news after the Justice
Ministry last week proposed tough measures to crack down on the spread of
false information experts are concerned that this will only suppress the problem
rather than resolve it there are already laws against defamation and invasion of
privacy so we should start by questioning where existing policies have
failed and what we need to change the term fake news is still vague in
definition so imposing new policies without clarity is worrying it could
clamp down on the freedom of expression so this issue must be approached with
prudence instead of restrictive measures Hong stressed the role of the government
and the media in helping the public distinguish between different shadings
of the truth but first the media needs to win back
public trust with the deluge of disinformation a survey by the korea
press foundation this year found that only one out of four South Koreans trust
the new stories that they consume 61% were worried about fake news they think
there is a lot of fabrication so I take in about half of what I see and filter
out the rest I’d say I trust about 30 to 40% of what I see
I don’t trust traditional broadcasters either I get suspicious because of their
ties to politics to boost their credibility
experts say journalists in Korea need to improve the quality of their reporting
and help expose fake news by setting the facts straight a number of papers and
broadcast programs now carry fact-checking news reports but it’s not
just the task for politicians or journalists battling disinformation also
requires a conscious effort from the public especially our social media
platforms tend to recommend content based on the user’s preferences
I would really call for people to be given better guidance about what’s real
and what’s fake but also to engage in more critical thinking and public
discourse about these kind of debates popular online platforms also have some
responsibility for improving media literacy experts say they need to invest
more in educating their users to help them spot fake news they should also
develop ways to present content from legitimate credible sources while
maintaining diversity of opinion Oh Sooyoung Arirang news

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