Myanmar launches public site to counter hoaxes and misinformation


To counter the many rumours, fake news, and hoaxes spreading in Myanmar, the country's Ministry of Health and Sports launched a website in collaboration with state and regional governments with videos about the virus, the latest data, and updates on the latest number of cases and lab results in order to raise awareness on how both medical staff and the public and stay safe. The agency share information and collaborates with the Ministry of Transport and Communications to "track down people who are spreading fake news". The ministry "also issued a warning that we will take action against people who spread fake news on social media." The government advises people to check the site before sharing stories that may be false.


Writer: Nan Lwin
Publication: The Irrawaddy