In this day and age, you shouldn’t believe everything you read on the internet.
With fake news on the rise, it gets hard to figure out what’s real and what’s not.
So before the year comes to an end, let’s take a look back at 10 fake news that almost duped us.
1) The fake Bedok Jetty
Earlier this month, there was a video of a jetty being harassed by strong tidal waves and someone claimed it happened at Bedok Jetty.
Seen this circulating video of 'tsunami' hitting 'Bedok Jetty'? It didn't happen in S'pore. Read the full story here: http://bit.ly/2yg8J6r
Posted by Stomp on Tuesday, 12 December 2017
But after some FBI works, it turns out that the video is actually taken at Minicoy Eastern Jetty, located on the island of Minicoy, India.
2) Double Steamed Chicken
On August 14, KFC teased us with an outline of a burger that resembled the beloved Double Down and two days later, they did the big reveal which had us screaming.
Let me introduce you to the revolting Double Steamed Chicken.
A new way to enjoy an all-time favourite: two steamed chicken fillets, filled with sauerkraut coleslaw, spicy pickled cucumber and sambal honey sauce! Keep an eye out for it…
Posted by KFC on Tuesday, 15 August 2017
Luckily, it was just a prank and it never got to see the light of day.
3) Chow Yun-fat is still alive
Ardent fans would have been in tears when they came across this fake news:
The title roughly translates to ‘Well-know actor Chow Yun-fat dies of illness in Hong Kong yesterday’.
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There is one thing I have learnt as a media student—bad news spread faster than good news.
The picture went viral and spread like wildfire on Chinese social media site Weibo.
But all rumours died down when his wife, Jasmine Tan, cleared the misunderstanding, saying that her husband is “as healthy as can be.”
4) Po Chai Pills
In this case, an old news started resurfacing— An old clip of Po Chai being recalled had been circulating around the internet.
And you know how Po Chai is our go-to remedy when we are having the runs, so people started panicking.
Soon enough Po Chai stepped in to clear the mess, stating that the clip is an out-dated news report of 2010.
5) Aileen Tan and Zoe Tay
This is quite epic—the two Mediacorp actresses had their names and plastered on an obscure beauty product, Auralei Anti-Aging Cream.
There was even an article claiming that she appeared on Dr Oz’s show (a famous American healthy living talk show), speaking about the said product.
The managers of both actresses issued a public statement, mentioning that both Aileen and Zoe have not given any interviews on the product, nor do they endorse it.
6) Elvin Ng is not part of Malaysia Police
In January, an image of a Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) recruitment ad went viral, for all the wrong reasons.
In the image, it featured a badly photoshopped Mediacorp actor, Elvin Ng.
But soon enough, it was revealed that the image was a coax which was confirmed by PDRM corporate communications head Asmawati Ahmad.
The fake ad was actually created by a Facebook Page called Jawatan Kosong Kerajaan.
7) Fake eggs
Who could forget about the fake egg warning going viral when a netizen posted a 30-second video of him stirring a plate of soft boiled eggs, claiming that it was man-made and from China.
But AVA did a thorough investigation, stating that Singapore does not import eggs from China and the soft boiled eggs in question were actually from an accredited farm in Malaysia.
You can have your eggs in peace now.
8) Stefanie Sun crushed
Another celebrity fell victim to fake news.
An online news portal posted that she’d DIED when a prop dropped on her while she was in New York and doing a performance.
Stefanie Sun, then tweeted, “Oi What’s going on. I’m alive.”
Oi what’s going on. I’m alive.
— Stef Sun (@Stefsunyanzi) October 4, 2017
Her manager also told Channel NewsAsia that Stefanie Sun did not hold a concert in New York.
9) Cat and dog satays
Before you lose your shit, just remember that every news here is fake.
So in June, there were rumours of cat and dog meat being sold at Geylang Serai Raya Bazaar, stall 124.
The rumours were circulated via Facebook and Whatsapp, alongside images of the cat and dog meat.
But after NEA’s inspection, it turns out that the stall in question was actually selling dengdeng instead.
10) The woman who underwent 50 surgeries to look like Angelina Jolie
I am sure you need no context for this one.
But I am going to you the benefit of the doubt—a ghastly-looking image of a women claiming that she went through 50 surgeries to look like Angelina Jolie went viral.
But after an eagle-eyed Reddit user noticed that the pictures had been edited, the woman came forward, admitting that it was a hoax.
Her name is Sahar Tabar and she created the images by using makeup and photoshop.
There you have it, 10 fake news that made us go “WTF” in 2017!
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