18 Aug '12, 10am

How should the Government handle rumours?

Surprisingly frank analysis from Today : A rumour that former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew had died started circulating on Twitter at least five days before the National Day Parade, with journalists asked by just about everyone – friends, parents, the neighbourhood barber – about its veracity. And despite a couple of journalists’ efforts to debunk the rumour online, it continued to spread, spilling over into the heartlands via word of mouth and SMSes. It reportedly generated some of the most searched terms on Google during that period, and was rolling off the tongues of housewives and taxi drivers as well. Internet chatter became coffee shop talk. This is not the first time that rumours have circulated about the health of one of Singapore’s founding fathers and former Prime Minister. But never before, it is fair to say, had the speculation spread so virulently, quickly and...

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