The 'Vietnamese Alex Jones' has his YouTube channel taken down after being called out by John Oliver
John Oliver threw a blow at the spread of misinformation among the immigrant diaspora in the United States, including the Vietnamese community, in an episode of "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver".
The Disease of Misinformation: In the episode that aired on Oct. 11, Oliver said the spread of misinformation among the immigrant community was fueled by the lack of platforms that deliver reliable and accurate news in their language, according to VN Express.
"For many elderly Vietnamese Americans, there is such a vacuum of credible news channels broadcasting in Vietnamese," he said. "Many turn to YouTube for their news, with certain channels in their homes running 24/7."
Oliver highlighted Nguy Vu, the "King Radio" host who provides misleading information on masked mandates, Joe Biden, conspiracy theories and more on his show. The British-American presenter even compared Nguy Vu to well-known American conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who was banned from YouTube and other social media platforms in 2018, VOX reported.
"Although Alex Jones was removed from YouTube for spreading misinformation," said Oliver, "King Radio is still going strong on the platform even though you are just hearing him say masks kill people, which is clearly against YouTube's ban on allegations that wearing a mask is dangerous. "
King Radio's YouTube channel was removed from the platform based on Oliver's comments, with some videos being re-uploaded, according to Bao Cali Today.
The spread of misinformation is also widespread in other immigrant diasporas in the country, such as the Cuban, Venezuelan, South African, and Indian communities, to name a few.
Fighting Inaccurate Information: Oliver highlighted Viet Fact Check and The Interpreter, two Vietnamese-American organizations currently directly addressing the misinformation problem in their community.
Viet Fact Check, a Progressive Vietnamese American Organization (PIVOT) project, aims to “empower Vietnamese Americans with fact-checked, source-verified analysis and refutations in English and Vietnamese to combat the onslaught of misinformation that is widespread in our Vietnamese ". American communities. "
The Interpreter, a news aggregator site that translates English articles into Vietnamese, is a project that aims to "lead between Vietnamese generations, convey facts and involve the diaspora on relevant global issues," said its founders .
However, Oliver pointed out that these projects lack the resources to combat the massive spread of misleading information on social media. He also said platforms should do something about the growing problems with misinformation, "whether they are English or not".
Featured image via Last Week Tonight (left), The King Channel & Nguy Vu Radio (right)
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