The Media Literacy Council apologizes for “confusion” after citing satire as an example of fake news
SINGAPORE: The Media Literacy Council (MLC) apologized on Sunday (September 8th) for including satire as a form of fake news in a Facebook post last week.
“We acknowledge that the post and infographic gave the wrong impression that satire was fake news, which was not the intention. We apologize for the confusion and will review our material, ”said MLC.
The law on protection against online counterfeiting and manipulation, passed at the beginning of the year, does not include opinions, criticism, satire or parody.
In its first Facebook post on Sept. 5, MLC said that fake news can take many forms and include: misconstrued context, fraudulent content, manipulated content, misleading content, clickbait and satire.
The post was accompanied by an infographic showing the types of content and context mentioned above as examples of fake news.
The social media response to the September 5 post was quick, with many respondents disagreeing with MLC’s classification of satire as fake news.
MLC removed the Facebook post on Saturday – and posted its apology on the same social media platform on Sunday
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“The aim of the post was to make young people and the general public aware of the need to raise awareness of the ways in which misinformation or fake news can be disseminated and to encourage readers to understand the context in which information is presented will be part of MLC’s work to promote online differentiation, “MLC said.
“Thanks to the readers who brought it to our attention.”
This reaction sparked another wave of criticism from internet users.
“Wow! This post also features Fake News, another great example from MLC! In the previous post, you clearly listed satire as fake news, but here you say that it was not your intention. Was it your intention to mislead people? said user Jacelyn Yap.
Adrian Cahill commented, “Anyone who has read the post and then failed to see the follow-up like the ‘Sorry’ might still think that satire is a ‘no’ in Singapore. Will there be a great real apology and explanation? in places that are widespread? “
Another user, Joshua Ip, thanked MLC for removing the post, but argued that MLC was not just creating the “wrong impression”.
“Thanks for the removal. Regardless of your stated ‘intent’, however, your post and infographic didn’t just ‘give the wrong impression’. It was, by definition, fake news and misinformation, ”he said.