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Umabot na sa Singapore! PH embassy getting fake news on Pinoys’ deaths there

Mar 21, 2017 @ 10:12

Fake news is spreading not just in the Philippines. It’s also becoming a pain abroad.

In an advisory, the Philippine Embassy in Singapore said it has received “numerous” reports on the deaths of Filipinos that turned out to be baseless.

“The Philippine Embassy would like to inform the Filipino Community that it received numerous reports on death of Filipino nationals in Singapore which later turned out to be fake news,” it said.

It added such “unverified information” would usually go viral on social media platforms, and are “spread intentionally” by “hackers.”

Because of this, it urged the Filipino community in Singapore to exercise extreme caution in spreading unverified news especially online.

Spreading such news online “cause tremendous trauma to the next-of-kin of our victimized kababayan,” it said.

Also, it requested Filipinos there to safeguard their online accounts by strictly observing security protocols such:

– constantly changing their passwords
– refraining from using free online domains for private transactions
– employing additional account verification

“To avoid conflict online, the Embassy also encourages the Filipino Community to exercise proper social media etiquette,” it said.

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