John Oliver took aim at misinformation being spread among immigrant diasporas in the U.S. including the Vietnamese community in an episode on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
The misinformation disease: Oliver stated that the misinformation epidemic among immigrant communities was caused by a lack of reliable news platforms in their native languages. According to VN Express, the episode aired Oct. 11.
He said that there are not many credible news channels in Vietnamese for older Vietnamese Americans. Many people turn to YouTube for news. Some channels are on their homes 24 hours a day.
Oliver highlighted Nguy Vu as the host of King Radio who misleads listeners about Joe Biden, mask mandates and conspiracy theories. The British American host also compared Nguy Vu with Alex Jones, a well-known conspiracy theorist from America. Jones was banned from YouTube in 2018 and other social media platforms, VOX reported.
Oliver stated that Alex Jones was removed from YouTube because he spread misinformation. However, King Radio is still active on the platform despite the fact that he just said masks are killing people. This clearly violates YouTube's ban on mask-wearing being considered dangerous.
According to Bao Cali Today, the King Radio YouTube channel was taken down due to Oliver's comments. Some videos have been reuploaded.
Misinformation is also a problem in other diasporas of immigrants in the country such as South African, Indian, Venezuelan, Cuban and Venezuelan communities.
Combating inaccurate information: Oliver highlighted Viet Fact Check (or The Interpreter), two Vietnamese American organizations that are currently tackling the misinformation problem in their community.
Viet Fact Check is a project of the Progressive Vietnamese American Organization. It aims to empower Vietnamese Americans by providing fact-checked and source-verified analysis in English and Vietnamese. This will help combat misinformation that is widely spread in our Vietnamese American communities.
According to its founders, The Interpreter is a news aggregator that converts English articles into Vietnamese. It aims to bridge the gap between generations of Vietnamese people, and engage diaspora members on global issues.
Oliver pointed out, however, that these projects lack resources to combat the widespread spread of misinformation on social media. Oliver also stated that platforms need to address the misinformation problem, regardless of whether it is English.
Featured Image via Last Week Tonight, The King Channel and Nguy Vu Radio
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