Fake news crackdown measures generate debate over freedom of expression


fake news has become a part of our daily
vocabulary partly to blame our social media platforms as they enable fastest
amination of news or content that carry outright false information or subtle
shadings of the truth whose young shet slide on the raging debate here in Korea
on whether regulating such content would encroach on the freedom of expression is
fake news freedom of expression or is it an abuse of constitutional liberties
that’s the question being posed as the government moves to clamp down on the
alarming increase of disinformation some of the most outlandish claims include
refugees from Yemen being able to receive $1,200 from the government
unconditionally and that foreigners in Korea committed forty thousand crimes
last year over the past year right-wing groups which have been accused of
producing false news like content have seen that fewer numbers explode on
YouTube which appears to be their number one media platform with the pervasive
nature of social media boosting the spread of such content a survey of 1,000
mobile users found that 82% have been exposed to suspected fake news and 42%
could not distinguish whether news was true fake news is becoming more
sophisticated by the day and will likely increase it doesn’t help that most
people rarely come across opinions contrary to their own due to social
media settings which offer automatic suggestions based on search history and
preferences prime minister in a gong called for a rigorous crackdown on fake
news on platforms like YouTube and the Justice Ministry on Tuesday said they
would push for early investigations into suspected disinformation punishing non
media entities who spread fake news and requiring online platform companies to
delete content on request but opposition politicians and various experts are
expressing concerns that the regulations could cause more harm than good there
are already strong laws on defamation and false information during elections
but if all content that steamed groundless is restricted there’s a high
chance that freedom of expression will be violated and authorities could use a
law for political purposes part of what constitutes a democracy is
the free flow of information but that also includes low quality but and false
information restrictions could rather suppress voices that our society may
really need to hear under the framework of cracking down on fake news before any
action is taken experts say what’s needed first and
foremost is a society wide consensus on what constitutes fake news to draw a
clear starting point for legitimate policymaking there are opposed basic
liberties whose young Arirang news

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