Warning: Fake News
Recently, there has been a lot of controversy
over fake news. Fake news intentionally disseminates fake information for
political and economic benefits. A characteristic of recent fake news is that
global IT companies are at the center of the controversy. Fake news no longer
spreads through agitation or word of mouth. They appear with the face of a 'a
formal article' on a media platform that is easily used by anyone. Citizens who
have come across fake news can easily feel anxious and cause another damage by
secondary processing of false information.
In addition to fake news made by global IT
companies, the development of personal streaming services and OTT channels has
led to indiscriminate production of fake news on personal channels, and the
increase in the number of OTT service users has led to indiscriminate
consumption of fake news produced by individuals.
In some cases, groundless remarks by
celebrities are produced as fake news. The spread of the Covid-19 around the
world is amplifying the anxiety of citizens around the world. In the meantime,
President Trump's remarks that he was taking hydroxychloroquine, a Malaria treatment, quickly spread to fake news,
creating some citizens taking hydroxychloroquine. President Trump's careless remarks have spread to
fake news at a time when no treatment has been developed.
Fake news is also troubled in Korea.
Recently, fake news about North Korean President Kim Jong-un spread
indiscriminately. As President Kim Jong Un has not been seen in public for a
long time, some South Korean general programming channels reported fake news.
The news of President Kim Jong-un's death was also corrected by North Korea,
but the media that reported fake news constantly denied it and did not stop
reporting fake news. As a result, the tension between South and North Korea has
been prolonged, and the anxiety among citizens has been amplified.
Experts argued that fake news could harm
democracy, amplify social unrest, and be used for dictatorship if it continues
to become extreme. National sanctions on fake news are necessary, but the view
of citizens who are exposed to fake news is also important. Students from
Kangwon National University and other news inmates must check the source of the
news and make sure that the information is correct or not, and pay special
attention not to reproduce it recklessly.