Social Media and Gullibility Among Some Singaporeans

The rise of the internet and social media has made people type and click faster than they can think, and more gullible even. And I’m not talking about Stomp and the people who frequent it for news.  New Nation recently did a funny number when they goaded PAP fans in former MP Lim Hwee Hua’s Facebook. Most of the people there were talking about a satirical news article from The Onion and did not realise that it was fake news about Obama.

The Online Citizen did a similar test this Monday on its fans, as TOC is unlikely to have made the blunder of posting old news unknowingly in Facebook without a disclaimer. TOC posted a December 2010 Youtube and Malaysiakini article after PKR icon Anwar Ibrahim was acquitted this week. In that video, Anwar challenged former PM Lee Kuan Yew. Most of the TOC fans also did not bother to watch the Youtube or read the linked article and appeared to think that the news was just this week.

Do we read carefully and think before we comment? Apparently not from the example of Lim Hwee Hua and TOC Facebook fans. There are gullible netters everywhere.