FAQs about Checking Fake News

What is Fake News?2018-04-19T15:57:28+08:00
In general, fake news refers to the spreading of false information based on non-existent or distorted data which is meant to deceive and manipulate the reader, on digital online platforms or in the traditional media.
Why should we act on Fake News?2018-04-23T11:17:58+08:00
Pope Francis mentioned that “none of us can feel exempted from the duty of countering these falsehoods.” With the widespread of fake news and its subtlety, we need to learn to interpret the news we receive and where to access real information. To be discerning, rather than unwittingly contributing to the spread of disinformation.
How can I help stop the spread of Fake News?2018-04-23T11:18:09+08:00

Be prudent when re-sending information. Don’t share if you are uncertain about the facts, the context, or the origin of the message, especially if it is outdated. You could also ask the sender to help verify the facts – this helps to create a discerning culture when sending messages.

Where can I go to check on Fake News?2018-04-23T11:18:16+08:00
Have a look at our pre-selected list of online reference websites here.
Where can I receive or read official Church information directly?2018-04-19T15:50:32+08:00
Install TELEGRAM and subscribe to the “CatholicSG” channel which is our official instant messaging channel. Learn more here.
You may also visit our Official Notices page here.
What is the VERITAS Workshop?2018-04-23T11:18:31+08:00

Pope Francis focused on fake news and journalism for peace in his 2018 World Communications Day message. In support of the Holy Father’s call to fight fake news and its pervasiveness, ArchComms held the VERITAS Workshop: Untangling Fake News on 14 Apr 2018.

The aim of the workshop was to highlight the different types of fake news, what is the truth, and how as individuals we can do our part to stop the spread of fake news.

Topics covered were:

  • Talk 1 : The Challenge of Fake News in the Church
  • Talk 2 : A Theological Reflection
  • Talk 3 : How can I stop Fake News?

Access workshop materials here.

Why use “Veritas” (Truth) ? Given Jesus’s claims in the Gospels to be the Truth, “Veritas” inspired the motto of several prominent Western universities, as well as the Catholic Church’s Dominican Order. Since Truth is the best way to fight fake news, “Veritas” was chosen as the campaign name for our Archdiocese’s media education to counter fake news.

What is Check.Catholic.sg?2018-05-03T16:28:29+08:00
It started as a micro-site where Catholics in Singapore could check the accuracy of messages they received through social media. It has since evolved to be part of FakeNews.Catholic.sg.
Check.Catholic.sg points visitors to the Official Notices for Catholics page. Access it here.
What is Telegram.Catholic.sg?2018-05-03T16:30:17+08:00

It started as a micro-site to explain to Catholics in Singapore the importance of having access to the official Instant Messaging (IM) platform for the Catholic Church in Singapore, so that she can convey information on security emergencies, fake news, etc., directly to her members in a timely manner.

Access Telegram here.

What should I do when I receive sensitive news about a priest or religious in Singapore?2018-04-23T11:18:53+08:00
You should check if permission was granted by the priest or religious for the message to be distributed. Start with the sender of the message (upstream) and ask for facts like the date and origin of the message for context. You may also check with the Parish or Organisation concerned to verify. If you believe the message is indeed fake, submit a report here.
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