Heidi Tworek and Yoojung Lee writes for Brookings: Baseless rumors about new technologies spreading cancerous radiation. Politicians condemning negative stories as “false” or “defamatory.” Deepening polarization amid constant online manipulation. These might sound like recent episodes in U.S. public life. But they in fact come from South Korea, where rumormongering and manipulation of public opinion have become key features of its politics.
Men wearing masks to avoid contracting COVID-19 cross a street in Seoul, South Korea onJuly 5, 2021. (REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji)