Gov't to intensify monitoring of coronavirus misinformation

Gov't to intensify monitoring of coronavirus misinformation

Mar 03, 2021

Seoul (South Korea), March 3: The South Korean government will step up efforts to contain misleading information online about coronavirus vaccines, as the country began its mass inoculation program last week.
According to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters on Wednesday, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency and the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) will work together with internet portal sites and social media services to remove coronavirus falsehoods swiftly from their platforms.
Under the plan, the agencies can ask the businesses to review any problematic content according to their internal policies and delete it if necessary.
Also the government said it will refer a serious case to the police for further investigation.
Popular global social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have already run their own policy guidelines on COVID-19 related misinformation to fight against vaccine lies and rumors.
For their part, police agencies nationwide will run a team of special agents tasked with ferreting out misinformation and monitor falsehoods created and spreading online.
Source: Yonhap