Misinformation and disinformation is all around us, and comes in many forms. It can be deliberate lies, hoaxes, click bait or satire. You've all seen it. You may have even passed it around. But as this deluge of disinformation becomes a tsunami—creating real societal problems and stoking divisions—how do we combat it? Should social media companies be responsible for policing what flows across their platforms? Should journalists take on the added job of fack-checking what flows across the internet? Should consumers become more literate at weeding out bogus news? Or should government pass laws to regulate so-called "fake news"?
This symposium, organized jointly by CUHK, HKBU and HKU, will tackle all these complex questions with two expert panels of journalists, media educators and legal practitioners.