Tag: fake news

S Iswaran debunks DORSCON Red rumours

Sinagpore—S. Iswaran, the country’s Communications and Information Minister, debunked the rumours that the Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (Dorscon) alert will be raised to its highest level, Red. Speaking to members of the media in Parliament on Thursday (Mar 26), Mr Iswaran addressed the rumours...

It’s fake, says CNA of viral tweet on closure of schools

THREAD: Saw the doctored image of a tweet sent by “CNA” on school closures due to the #NovelCoronavirus? It's fake. Many have shared it on social media and WhatsApp, but CNA never sent that message. How you can tell it's fake: https://t.co/nfqHRbqvrS /1 pic.twitter.com/yhFYCx8u92 —...

Malaysian journalist charged over China virus posts

A Malaysian journalist was charged Wednesday with causing public alarm with Facebook posts about the deadly coronavirus outbreak in China, as authorities warned against online "rumour-mongering". The virus has so far killed almost 500 people and infected 24,000 others in China, and spread to more...

Tan Chuan-Jin on fake Wuhan news: “This is not a political game that is unfolding is it?”

Singapore -- The Speaker of Parliament, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, took to social media earlier on Wednesday (Jan 29) to call out netizens who spread fake news meant to smear politically. Mr Tan shared an image of a false post by a netizen. It read: "PAP...

AFP Fact Check: Novel coronavirus breeds global false claims

A deadly coronavirus outbreak, which has infected thousands and spread around the world since emerging in China, has also spawned many false claims on social media. Here's a selection of misinformation debunked by AFP's Fact Check service. Sydney food not contaminated In Australia, multiple Facebook posts shared...

Man arrested in Malaysia for spreading fake news about Wuhan virus

Petaling Jaya—A man was arrested in Bangi on Tuesday (Jan 28) for spreading false information about the novel coronavirus, also commonly known as the Wuhan virus. The swiftly spreading virus, which originated from Wuhan, a city in central China, has been causing alarm worldwide, with...

POFMA to quash Wuhan virus falsehoods which can cause public panic

SINGAPORE — On Monday (Jan 27), Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran emphasised that in line with the new Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA), the Government will come down hard on anyone found to be spreading falsehoods about the Wuhan...

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...