For Hong Kong, 2019 and 2020 were full of challenges. While most citizens were deeply frustrated, media education flourished.
The Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill Movement broke out in June 2019. It was the longest-lasting protest movement in the city. While the movement had not ended, Covid-19 came. These two incidents had different impacts on Hong Kong society, but there was one common influence – fake news abound.
Both the pro-extradition groups and the anti-extradition groups spread selective messages and images to spin public opinion. As the local media described, “It is hard for the public to know what to believe, as both camps present skewed versions of protest events.” During the pandemic, Hong Kong has been flooded with a lot of Covid-19 misinformation.