Tag: fake news

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...

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...