An Examination Of Sebenarnya.My As A Fact-Checker

Abstract

Affordable, easy access to digital communication via smartphones has produced new groups in society, namely (i) bloggers, (ii) internet celebrities, (iii) netizens, and (iv) keyboard warriors. By disseminating information and opinions in cyberspace, these groups have become very influential in Malaysian society. Although, the accuracy of the disseminated information and opinions could be debatable. This could lead to a fake news crisis. Malaysia has established an online government-led fact-checker; SEBENARNYA.MY, to curb the dissemination of the fake news. It is the interest of this paper to examine SEBENARNYA.MY as a fact-checker based on its reported viral content-related incidents from January 2020 to July 2020. Data collected from the online website of SEBENARNYA.MY in August 2020 was analysed by ATLAS.ti by using thematic analysis. The paper, therefore, concludes that SEBENARNYA.MY not only serves as a government-led fact-checker, it could also be considered as a public communication of the government of Malaysia.

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Publisher

European Publisher

First Online

10.06.2021

Doi

10.15405/epsbs.2021.06.02.54

Online ISSN

2357-1330