Why PAP should juz ban Facebook

Facebook users are the problem, not fake news.

Research by the Oxford Internet Institute found that that individual junk news (as it defined) stories were more likely to be shared on Facebook than the work of mainstream news organisations. While mainstream news was more visible, stories from junk news sources proved far more engaging. In English, for example, the average junk news story got four times as many likes and other Facebook interactions as a story from a professional news organisation.

The study was done across seven languages ahead of the vote in recent EU elections.

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23 Responses to “Why PAP should juz ban Facebook”

  • vincent tan:

    So
    xi jining and kim jong un are Correct
    all along.
    They have banned facebook since day one.
    a “good” for our clown to foollow.

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  • I like POGBA, hate POFMA:

    Like WP’s Low TK says, G can just shutdown Facebook but then there goes PM’s 1.2M followers!

    You bet, the mother of POFMA will go ballistic (again) should anyone dare ban Facebook and make him lose his huge followers.

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  • TruBlu:

    IF HE BANS FACEBOOK,then cannot show his GRINNING photos?

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  • TRE also never report:

    TRE also never highlight LHY son’s same sex marriage in S africa, at least evening chinese newspaper reported.

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  • Dr. Chan:

    Ban all alternative media? Only publish 1 and only national newspaper call ‘LHL PAP TIMES’?

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  • why should TRE report?:

    TRE also never report:
    TRE also never highlight LHY son’s same sex marriage in S africa, at least evening chinese newspaper reported.

    all things, humans or animals, as long as not pap, are good things.

    since Mr Lee Hsien Yang is not pap, WTF is there a need to report?

    things worth reporting are lky clown prints lying cheating and lky clown prints wife lying cheating and lky clown prints sons daughters gays lesbians.

    as long as not pap, no need to report since it is ok.

    as long as it is pap, must report since it is NEVER ok.

    ffff. wake up. this is 21st century 2019 pap corrupted Singapore.

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  • World Citizen:

    Yes, if they have a magic wand, I believe that’s what they like to do.

    But what is the reality?

    My opinion as follows :
    1. FaceBook can survive without Singapore. Singapore can also survive without FB but severely affected. Foreigners need Facebook. Singapore wants to double it’s citizenship.

    2. Likewise, Whatsapp does not need Singapore to survive. Sg is just too tiny.
    Sorry if I say a truth that hurts. Do not be defensive. Truth does not care how you feel or like it or not.

    So, to me, the POFMA has succeeded in STRIKING FEAR deeper than it ever PENETRATED DEEPER THAN IT has EVER done BEFORE ! OOOOH!

    My limited knowledge tells me, it’s not easy to check anyone’s Whatsapp messages.

    What is easy is if you send to a few friends and one of them BETRAYS you, your identity is known. You can be called in. The phone has the messages. I think this is how it is really scary and not snooping our messages.

    Encryption needs decryption keys. Whats app will never give this unless of course , say in a terrorism case. If decryption is so easy, every country can ask whatsapp to do the same.

    This affects trust in the garment also.

    Messages being transmitted can be intercepted. But they are encrypted. Like garbage messages. Decryption is possible using super computers . That requires some time also.

    So , in short, I think the pofma is most effective in that MORE FEAR is now instilled in people. It’s not so much whatsapp or FB lost it’s integrity.

    They can easily evacuate from Singapore and not be affected much . Why would they lose the world for a small country?
    Their reputation. They advertisement revenue.

    So, the most fearful thing is the Whatsapp message need not be decrypted if your identity is known. They can just call you up. Open the phone.
    I rest my case.

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  • HarderTruths:

    Again, why is it that the government has to do everything?

    If anyone does not like Facebook – then that person, exercising his/her individual rights – can delete their profile. Live and let live.

    This is what exemplifies communism – government must do this or that ‘for the good of the people’.

    More junk reporting.

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  • DBS Bank Kena Use:

    Just Bank everything. Better this way.

    Allianz Global & Corporte Specialty got made use by a contractor. Lol.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    PAP will not ban FB because it is for PAP’s propaganda.

    FB can try to block PAP’s accounts including those of Ministers and MPs, see what would happen.

    FB has reason to do that because of “fake news”.

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  • Bangla Workers' party:

    Many perceive that given a magic wand, they wouls want to ban anything a threat to them.
    Including elections.
    This is why i perceive that singapore is a super reluctant democracy. Given the super majority , we know they cab ban elections amd i would not be surprised if the super majority accept it too. Or some of them may be unhappy but still accept it .

    Given all the tight controls and laws and their stance against opposition and their voew about the presence of opposition in parliament, you all go and think why is singapore still allowing elections?

    I already have my own conclusions.

    Whats yours?

    1. In the begining, the founding fathers followed a western model of democracy. This seemed good because our surroundings are certain types of countries. Having western help is good. Its good for trade also.

    2. A politician when without power, he would use democracy as sales pitch. What happens after he wins?

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  • One Party Rule lasts centuries:

    NotMyProblem:
    PAP will not ban FB because it is for PAP’s propaganda.

    FB can try to block PAP’s accounts including those of Ministers and MPs, see what would happen.

    FB has reason to do that because of “fake news”.

    I think someone afraid the use of popular apps to spread messages.
    Striked by deeper fear, many now already dont dare to share .

    I think govt cannot really control WS and FB. But they can call you in and open up your laptop or phone.

    So, i do not see any need for pofma.
    Existing laws already can do the same.

    What is successful about pofma is striking fear.

    Many are not tech savvy. They think all their messages are not readable.

    They are encrypted.
    It takes super computer years to decrypt
    Or you can have a key to unlock the encryption.

    But ws and fb need not and unlikely to have complied to give away their keys.

    Except maybe in justified cases like terrorism.

    Even then it can be a one time key.

    These are merely my views. I am an engineer.

    If ws encryption become effectively no encryption, i think its days are numbered. If i were ws i rather not allow my apps to be accessed from or to singapore and save my integrity and business. After all, singapore is not even a market to WS.

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  • One Party Rule lasts centuries:

    Corrections. Should be :

    What is successful about pofma is striking fear.

    Many are not tech savvy. They think all their messages are NOW readable BY SNOOPING BY u know who.

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  • Hatano:

    Why not TRE or TOC interview or write in to FB and WS asking the technical stuff lile how is their customer’s message integrity protected and if affected by pofma.
    I do not think anything in ws has changed because of pofma. Business as usual. Its just that the people are now more frightened.
    Fear is a great tool to control. An invisible hand.

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  • Singaporean Kong Come:

    TRE also never highlight LHY son’s same sex marriage in S africa, at least evening chinese newspaper reported. Very afraid karma is addressing the familee. His grandfather screw all Singaporean, now his son kenna screw by commoner. Next maybe their whole familee member die in a horrible accident. Karma never miss their address

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  • Nay I dun use it:

    I use other platforms other than facebook.. so unless they ban the use of internet, nothing much can be ‘prevented’ as fake news online.

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  • Mutan:

    Parliment should say that fake law fine

    in three form.solid,liquid and gas.

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  • The Ballstic Question:

    Yes The Ballstic Question should never be asked; it is a national security issue. Not on FB, CNA or anywhere else. It may cause mass riot; all media should be banned to keep Kim, Putin and all dictators safe; and the people UNITED.United is papigs favourite word.

    I like POGBA, hate POFMA:
    Like WP’s Low TK says, G can just shutdown Facebook but then there goes PM’s 1.2M followers!

    You bet, the mother of POFMA will go ballistic (again) should anyone dare ban Facebook and make him lose his huge followers.

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  • Toe The Line:

    TRE also never report:
    TRE also never highlight LHY son’s same sex marriage in S africa, at least evening chinese newspaper reported.

    self censorship, live on a few moles, be used and make some money.

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  • Dictatorship Democracy:

    I gave this pofma a thought and here is my conclusion :

    1. It’s not pofma that will get someone who share on WhatsApp in trouble. Existing laws already do that.

    2. Are they able to read all our encrypted messages ? I do not believe so. Encryption will take long time to decrypt even by supercomputers. Decrypt everyone messages dynamically ? This is unlikely to be possible. Encryption is one of whatsapp selling points. Encryption is what makes cashless systems possible.

    Whatsapp is unlikely to give access to decrypt every message .

    Conclusion :
    My uneducated opinion is that what will give a whatsapp user trouble is not so much pofma as it is existing laws.

    I think the pofma is effective in striking more fear . An invisible hand.

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  • for the good of the people:

    HarderTruths:
    Again, why is it that the government has to do everything?

    If anyone does not like Facebook – then that person, exercising his/her individual rights – can delete their profile. Live and let live.

    This is what exemplifies communism – government must do this or that ‘for the good of the people’.

    More junk reporting.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-04/tank-man-reimagined-on-weibo-1/11156456

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  • different taste and different:

    //While mainstream news was more visible, stories from junk news sources proved far more engaging. In English, for example, the average junk news story got four times as many likes and other Facebook interactions as a story from a professional news organisation.//

    that’s human lar. different taste and different needs.

    and why should mainstream news rank supreme than junk news sources in terms of people’s desire to consume certain news (or entertainment).

    and who is to say that so-called professional news organizations are not without their ‘professional’ wayang agenda albeit very well written that one may get so mesmerized reading it as to start drooling (like our own professional 151th standard where 4 = 5 and selected = elected).

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  • Elizabeth HanHoo:

    You who want PAP to ban Facebook, why don’t you openly declare your distaste & disapproval of Elizabeth HanHoo? Why I’m too big for your shoes is it? Singapore will never ban Facebook & Watsapp because I am using it. I dare you PAP. People you all think you know me but you don’t. Why should I please you? I am accountable to Gods not to you. I don’t need mass approval. This is not a popularity vote. I act and feel and behave according to my judgment. No need for external interference. You just observe & do good. That’s all.
    From,
    Elizabeth Hanhoo.

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