Much as been said about fake news and online falsehoods in the past month.
A Select Committee was even set up to study deliberate online falsehoods.
Here are the nominees for Best Fake News site:
- States Times Review
States Times Review (STR) claims to be the only independent news site and tries to be as accurate where possible.The site was started by former politician wannabe and former The Real Singapore editor Alex Tan who is now living in Australia.
One of the notable content which was put out on social media recently includes cursing Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a recent post. The post had more than 600 shares and had a mixed bag of people agreeing and disagreeing with the post.
Another fake post was about the government creating a new train breakdown notification Facebook group called TATA SMRT. The Facebook group was actually started by a Facebook user.
2. The Independent Singapore
The Independent Singapore (TISG) was started by Non-Constituency Member of Parliament Leon Perera, and aims to be the platform which reports the facts, views and aspirations of all things Singapore.
In 2017, TISG had to apologise to the Malaysian Health Ministry for publishing unverified news about the alleged incompetence of Malaysian health authorities on the death of a Singaporean, Justinian Tan in Johor Bahru in a hit-and-run accident.
It was also called out for twisting and misreporting facts based on a discussion on healthcare in Singapore between Mr Andrew Loh and Mr Yeoh Lam Keong.
3. The Online Citizen
The Online Citizen claims to be Singapore’s longest running independent online media platform.
It was started in 2006 and has been gazetted as a political association under the Prime Minister’s Office.
Last year, the site was told to remove an article by the Attorney-General’s Chambers for making a “patently false statement”.
The site made a formal apology to PM Lee last year for alleging that he intended to sue a publisher for defamation.
In 2015, it also had to offer a written apology to the Ministry of Defence for false allegations that were made in an article.
4. Wake Up, Singapore
The site was first founded in September 2013 by Law undergraduate Arrifin Sha.
The site is also an advocate for reform and social justice.
During the Presidential Elections last year, WUS posted that the People’s Action Party spent more than $200,000 on the election. This is fake news, since the money was spent by Mdm Halimah Yacob who was a candidate at that time.
It also alleged that PM Lee forced the TPP upon Singaporeans without consulting Singaporeans.
5. All Singapore Stuff
All Singapore Stuff (ASS) was founded in January 2013.
Nothing much is known about the site, but they have spin off pages, such as Must Be Singapore.
According to the site, the articles are mostly contributed by readers and posted by a ‘Farhan’.
In 2016, it published and posted a picture of the collapse of a part of Punggol Waterway Terraces which was untrue. The picture was fake and untrue.
Last year, it posted a false claim about an underage girl who was tormented by her ex-boyfriend in school and how her report to the police was futile.
The police apparently issued a statement to clarify that the report was untrue. The article on All Singapore Stuff was thereafter deleted.
6. The Alternative View
The Facebook Page usually posts images with short captions on their page, but not much is known about the page.
The posts usually talk about the foreigners in Singapore, inequality as well as the failure of the government of Singapore.
It constantly alleges that the PAP government is discriminating against other opposition parties.
These are your nominees for the Best Fake News Site. Cast your votes now and vote for your Best Fake News Site!