Bruised South Korean government takes on “infodemics”

South Korea’s unpopular young government is having second thoughts about the benefits of running the world’s most wired society.

The mass access to the Internet, which helped ex-CEO Lee Myung-bak to his resounding presidential election victory, went on to become the instrument helping shatter that popularity in just five months in office.

Now the government is working on new rules to rein in the excesses of its netizens and bring some control to the information — and disinformation — that bombards the nation’s computer screens.

“We have to guard against ‘infodemics,’ in which inaccurate, false information is disseminated, prompting social unrest that spreads like an epidemic,” Lee told parliament early in July.

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