Tag: fake news

Malaysia’s Lawyers for Liberty will not comply with correction notice by POFMA

SINGAPORE — Malaysian human rights group Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) has refused to comply with Singapore's Protection From Online Falsehoods And Manipulation Act (POFMA) Office, after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) asked LFL to issue a "correction notice" on its website regarding earlier...

Government refutes allegations in articles about POFMA in SCMP, Bloomberg

Singapore—After articles about POFMA, (which is legislation put in place to battle online falsehoods), were published in the South China Morning Post (SCMP) and Bloomberg late last month, the Government has responded by refuting certain points that were made in those publications. On Tuesday...

NTU student cries wolf, makes false assault allegations

A student of Nanyang Technological University allegedly provided false information regarding an assault that happened on campus. NTU and the police are currently investigating the matter and have released a statement. The NTU Student's Union posted an Instagram story on Dec 15 at around 2am alerting...

Ho Ching warns against articles “making up fake breathtaking quotes from me”

Fake Facebook advertisements claim that Temasek chief executive officer Ho Ching gave out money-making secrets during an interview for a "cryptocurrency trading programme". The scam article titled, ‘SPECIAL REPORT: Ho Ching Latest Investment has Experts in Awe and Big Banks Terrified’, even claimed that it...

New fake news law to come into effect from today

Singapore’s new fake news law takes effect today (October 2), under legislation of the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (Pofma). Its rules and regulations kicked in on Monday, paving the way for the law to be implemented. They were announced in notices in...

Criticism against netizen mounts a year after PAP MP accuses her of inciting discontentment in the Malay/Muslim community

Criticism against Facebook user Sephia Farid has continued more than a year after People's Action Party (PAP) parliamentarian Zainal Bin Sapari accused the netizen of inciting discontentment and "stoking the Malay/Muslim community against others". Mr Zainal and others have suggested that Sephia Farid's Facebook profile...

Fake news harms businesses and society as well: Industry leaders

Singapore — Industry leaders discussed the growing responsibility of both the media and businesses in combating fake news during a panel discussion at the 2019 Milken Institute Asia Summit held at the Four Seasons Hotel. Warren Fernandez, editor of The Straits Times; Ellana Lee, senior...

Malaysia’s National Registration Department reports social media users for posting fake news

After Indonesia, now it is Malaysia's turn to face fake news regarding Chinese nationals who have been allegedly granted citizenship. Opponents to President Joko (Jokowi) Widodo have one trick up their sleeves: Accusing the government of discriminately granting citizenship to Chinese nationals and allowing them to...

Ongoing “gang war” in S’pore debunked by police as fake, urges public to verify before sharing false information

Singapore – “If you see a group of Malays, walk the other way,” read a post circulating online about an alleged ongoing gang war in Singapore. Police says the rumours of gang fights are fake and a gang member also posted messages denying the post that are...

Heng Swee Keat lodges police report over his photo being used in a Facebook scam

Singapore—In the latest example of the names or images of Singaporean officials used in perpetrating online scams, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat announced that he has filed a police report over his photo being used to spread fake news. On August 3, Saturday, DPM...