The quest to find ‘the truth behind fake news’ took CNA Senior Producer Daniel Heng to seven countries, from Ukraine to Macedonia, from Indonesia to the Philippines. Here, Daniel talks about his experience filming near a warzone, what he thought of the trolls who make a living out of generating fake news, and how lives changed in a small Indonesian village when fake news led to the murder of an innocent man.
Watch the documentary here: cna.asia/truthaboutfakenews
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It has been 2 years since Donald Trump was elected America’s 45th president. And with that, the term Fake News entered the public consciousness in a big way. Why are fake news stories so pervasive, popular and problematic? Is it because, as some experts suggest, fake news supports a strain of tribalism, an us vs them world view where consumers use fake news to reject views they do not agree with? From Europe to Southeast Asia, we look at how social fault lines (race, religion, social class, nationalism) can be further widened by disinformation and what we are doing about it.
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