An Asian Perspective on Combating Misinformation: What Have We Learned?

Ran Wei*

*Corresponding author for this work

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What lessons can be drawn from these studies of the fight against COVID-19 misinformation? This final chapter summarizes key findings, draws conclusions from the cross-societal findings, and uncovers a remarkable pattern highlighting the trajectory of COVID-19 misinformation in four of Asia’s leading cities: Unequal access to digital information leads to uneven diffusion of misinformation, producing differential harms to the public. Our cross-societal study deepens the understanding of how access to digital information accounts for the level of exposure to and spread of COVID-19 misinformation and differential impacts of the misinformation on citizens’ risk perceptions, beliefs, attitudes, and knowledge. An Asian perspective with the following characteristics emerges from the findings: (1) the control of misinformation showcases authoritarian governments’ emphasis on development of IT hardware (e.g., infrastructure, networks, and devices) at the expense of the software of social-techno conditions (e.g., marketplace of ideas, unrestricted access, and free flow of information); (2) the general public’s confidence in its government’s ability to provide solutions to the infodemic exemplifies its high institutional trust; (3) a government’s approach to pandemic-control drives the dynamic process and effects of misinformation. We end by providing recommendations for policy action to equip citizens to deal with future public health crises.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMiscommunicating the COVID-19 Pandemic
Subtitle of host publicationAn Asia Perspective
EditorsRan Wei
Place of PublicationLondon and New York
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781003355984
ISBN (Print)9781032408880, 9781032410470
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sept 2023

Publication series

NameRoutledge Advances in Internationalizing Media Studies

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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