29 Sep '17, 3am

[Mothership] 5 times Singaporeans ownself scared ownself with hoaxes

How many times has your old man forwarded a badly-typed message in the family WhatsApp chat group warning you about some incredulous thing like the Government is spying on your bowel movements? Or worse. You forwarded such messages. Congrats, you are probably one of those who contributed to these 5 times Singaporeans spread panic for nothing: The one time Singapore had a bear on the loose Shaky and grainy footage of a supposed ‘bear’ at an ulu bus stop spread online like wildfire in 2010. It turned out to be an advertising stunt for a shaver. The video even sparked a search by the Singapore Zoo with tranquiliser guns. Turns out, the ‘bear’ was just a man in a bear costume. The one time Bugis had a terrorist threat This was in 2009 when social media was not as prevalent as it is today. A badly-typed out SMS made its rounds and some people obviously believed it enough to for...

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