Students made aware of effects of spreading fake news

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Students from the Year 3 Communication Studies programme successfully wrapped up their anti-fake news “Mind the Share Button” campaign recently.

Besides being part of their coursework, the students also aimed to spread awareness about the dangers of fake news, especially in the age of social media.

“We hoped through this campaign, people will think twice about sharing online news without verifying its credibility and sources,” explained Joel Peter David, campaign director of “Mind the Share Button”.

Participants of the “Mind the Share Button” campaign posing for a group photo. Photo courtesy of Adela Marcella.

Throughout the two-week long campaign, a series of activities
were organised, including information booth, quizzes, food bazaar and a talk by Rudi Affendi Khalik, chief operating officer of Sarawak Voice.

Furthermore, the campaign involved two high schools, namely Chung Hua Middle School No. 4 Kuching and Min Lit Batu Kawa Secondary School Kuching.

Talks about fake news and how to tackle them were given by Peter Sibon, senior political analyst from Dayak Daily and Ahmad Bakhtiar Hamdan, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Sarawak Branch’s Control and Compliance Unit head. 

“I learned that we have to be more careful of fake news because it is everywhere in our daily lives. I’ll keep that in mind when I’m scrolling through websites next time,” said Lee Zhao Xun, a student from Chung Hua Middle School No. 4 Kuching.

Tiong Hui Jiong, a student from Min Lit Batu Kawa Secondary School Kuching, shared that “this event was successful and should start since primar.