Tag: fake news

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...

PAP MP: Someone has deliberately circulated a falsehood following our Father’s Day walkabout

People’s Action Party (PAP) Member of Parliamant (MP) for Moulmein-Cairnhill, Melvin Yong, took to social media on Sunday to debunk online falsehoods spread about chocolates given out by PAP activists. In a Facebook post, Yong wrote, “Dear friends, It has come to my attention that someone...

Ho Ching warns of fake news in the form of manipulated videos

The Chief Executive Officer of Temasek Holdings and wife of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Ho Ching, took to social media earlier today to warn about fake video clips. In her Facebook post, she shared a YouTube video showing how computer software can alter actual...

Sri Lanka proposes new law on fake news after Easter attacks

Sri Lanka's government will introduce five-year jail terms for those caught spreading fake news and hate speech on social media, the government said Wednesday, following a surge in online vitriol and disinformation after the Easter suicide attacks. The cabinet of ministers approved a proposal by...

Fakebook? Why the social media giant removed over 3 billion fake accounts in the last six months

San Francisco— Social media giant Facebook announced on May 23, Thursday, that it took down more than 3 billion fake accounts from October 2018 to March 2019. This figure is twice as large than in the six months prior to March. Facebook said, however, that...

Over half of Singaporeans support anti-fake news bill—YouGov research

Singapore — Market research agency YouGov released the results of a new research on May 22, Thursday, showing that more than half of Singaporeans are in favour of the country’s new law designed to combat online falsehoods as well as hate speech. The Protection from...

AFP Factcheck debunks photo of monkeypox case in Singapore, exposes fake picture

Singapore — A picture of a young black child has been circulating around Instagram and Facebook, purporting to be that of the recent monkey pox victim in Singapore. While a Nigerian man currently in the country was confirmed to have been diagnosed with the...

Beijing orders Chinese social and dating apps to remove “illegal content”

As part of China's growing scourge of the internet, several social apps have temporarily suspended user posting. Momo, TanTan and DingTalk are among apps that shut down some sections following a government order to screen for and remove "illegal content". Read: Govt confirms that fake news...

Josephine Teo warns against fake news as her image and alleged comments were used in an online scam

Singapore— The country’s Manpower Minister Josephine Teo has taken to social media to warn the public of a website that falsely attributes comments to her for the purpose of getting people to disclose their financial details. On Wednesday (May 15) night, she wrote on her...

Ong Ye Kung to academic activists—If disagreement from Government ‘has a chilling effect, please chill’

Singapore— Education Minister One Ye Kung took part in the debate on the country’s anti-fake news bill, which was passed late on Wednesday night, after a fourteen-hour discussion that took place over two days. Mr Ong sought to put to rest the concerns some academics...