An independent study conducted by Blackbox Research revealed that many Singaporeans are concerned about fake news, especially online and on social media sites. About 42% of all Singaporeans polled commented that they regularly wonder if the news they read online is true or false.
The proliferation of fake news also worries Singaporeans. Around 61% of those polled say they worry about reading fake news online to “some” extent, with one-third of them concerned about fake news “a lot”.
Nearly half of the survey population (47%) believe that at least “some” of the local news on social media is fake. Mainstream media news sites such as SPH, MediaCorp and Yahoo are seen as being far less likely to publish fake or misleading news compared to emerging online news outlets.
Some of the findings were published in The Straits Times on 1 May 2017. For the full report, please see below.