Explained: fake news in Asia

The term “fake news” became widespread after the 2016 US elections but it resonates widely in Asia.In several instances, social media rumours and hoaxes have contributed to the spread of ethnic tensions, violence and political confrontation.Some regional governments have started enacting “fake news laws” to tackle the problem but critics worry such legislation will be used to stifle freedom of speech.What is fake news and how does it affect Asia?According to PolitiFact, fake news is “made-up…