With Facebook, WhatsApp and other social media sites, we are now more connected than ever. But that also means we are more susceptible to fake news.
Fake News Is Serious Business
Some people might think, fake news only mah. What’s the big deal? It actually has a serious impact on society.
So, yes, while it could be created “just for fun”, has serious consequences.
Which is why a group of NTU students decide to get together to do something about it.
Sure Anot is a campaign launched against fake news, targeted at Singaporeans aged between 50 and 64 years old.
And it’s launched by a group of NTU students: Miss Vernette Didier Chia, 23, Miss Rachel Anne Chew, 23, Miss Kelley Lim, 23, and Miss Lee Yun Ting, 25.
The campaign aims to get the elderly to perform a three-step routine every time they receive a piece of “news” on WhatsApp.
- Don’t forward first;
- Ask “Sure Anot”
- Check and verify
With these three steps, the group hope to curb the spread of fake news in Singapore.
Useful Tips On Sure Anot Facebook Page
A brief jaunt into Sure Anot’s Facebook page reveals a ton of useful information, not just for the elderly, but younger people as well.
Their Facebook feed also keeps track of the latest fake news happening in Singapore, such as the one about school closures.
And Sure Anot also has a WhatsApp Group where people can provide tip-offs to messages that they’re not sure is real or fake.
Anti-Fake News Roadshow at Jurong Point
Interested in bringing your parents down to the roadshow to learn something for themselves?
Or maybe, you’re keen to learn more?
Then you can head down to Jurong Point this weekend.
The event is happening at Jurong Point from 13 Feb to 16 Feb 2020 (Thur-Sun) from 11am to 9pm.
Well, I don’t know about you.
But the fact that these university students, despite being at the age where most would rather have fun, are willing to spare personal time to do something good for society?
Yeah, very inspiring lah.