“Yellow vest” protesters gather in central Paris to mark one year of the movement in France on November 17. Photo: EPA-EFE
Andrew Sheng
Opinion

Opinion

Andrew Sheng

Fake news and echo chambers are the virus that preys on a divided society. But what is the cure?

  • Mass protests from Hong Kong to France to Ecuador are just the symptoms, reflecting the underlying problem of polarisation in society
  • But the proliferation of bad information and the rise of social media that amplifies discontent is complicating our search for a solution

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“Yellow vest” protesters gather in central Paris to mark one year of the movement in France on November 17. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Andrew Sheng

Andrew Sheng

Andrew Sheng is a former central banker and financial regulator, currently distinguished fellow at the Asia Global Institute, University of Hong Kong. He writes widely on Asian perspectives on global issues, with columns in Project Syndicate, Asia News Network and Caijing/Caixin magazines. His latest book is “Shadow Banking in China”, co-authored with Ng Chow Soon, published by Wiley.