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The future of combating hoaxes lies in the hands of Gen Z

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Mon, October 7, 2019  /  11:04 am
The future of combating hoaxes lies in the hands of Gen Z

Hoaxplay.com is a self-learning platform for people aged between 15 and 22. The platform was designed to help the younger generation understand, detect and fight fake news. (Shutterstock/fotogestoeber)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you may have read or even spread news containing disinformation. Earlier this year, news about the “Momo Challenge”, an alleged challenge on social media encouraging children to harm themselves featuring a scary-looking sculpture, spread on the internet. Long story short, online video platform YouTube said that it had no evidence of videos promoting the challenge. The “Momo Challenge” is only one of the examples of fake news and, in this digital age, hoaxes seem to be a constant threat to society. According to a survey conducted by IT news portal Dailysocial.id in 2018, 53.25 percent of respondents said that they frequently received hoax news. The survey involved 2,032 smartphone users from across Indonesia. It also discovered that among the respondents only 55.6 percent went further to verify the info...