RESEARCH | ANALYSIS | INTELLIGENCE | FACTCHECK

Can scammers steal your OTP and hack into your ‘mobile money account’ via PayNow?

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We came across this post on Facebook: The post attempts to warn individuals about "emerging Mobile Money fraudulent tricks" which involves the use of peer-to-peer fund transfer service PayNow. The…

[VACCINEWatch]: Is a drug called ivermectin the potential cure for COVID-19?

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We came across this post on Facebook: The author of the post shares an article on The Desert Review which claims that a drug called ivermectin has "obliterated" 97% of…

[VACCINEWatch]: Are vaccines actually creating new variants of COVID-19?

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We were alerted to an article on RAIR Foundation USA's website via email: The article reports on an interview French Virologist and Nobel Prize Winner Luc Montagnier had with Pierre…

[COVIDWatch]: Is there a new ‘black fungus’ virus mutant that we should be worried about?

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We came across this post on Facebook: The author of post shares several images of individuals with black patches on various parts of their skin. Along with the photos the…
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‘Everyday’ racism – too complex?

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Making ‘race-related’ comments while filming a fellow commuter. Using racial slurs while kicking a woman on the chest. Dubbing the B1617 variant that emerged from India as the 'Indian variant'. Websites…

[VACCINEWatch]: Are mRNA vaccines ineffective against the B.1.617 variant?

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We came across this message being forwarded on WhatsApp: The message was allegedly written by Dr. Oon Chong Jin Gabriel. According to the link to Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre's website…

[COVIDWatch]: Are all Singapore citizens entitled to a $700 grant for 3 months?

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We came across this message being forwarded on WhatsApp: According to the message, all Singapore citizens are entitled to "$700 dollars for 3 months due to COVID-19; Novel Coronavirus". It…

[COVIDWatch]: Concerns about mRNA vaccines

| COVID-19, Health | One Comment
We’ve included a section where we looked into the claims in the open letter, and amended the section on MOH's response. – A viral message circulating on WhatsApp was shared…

[COVIDWatch]: Is there going to be an announcement of “CB 2.0” tonight?

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: We have edited the rating of the factcheck from unproven to false, given that no such announcement happened at 9pm. - We came across this message being forwarded on…

[COVIDWatch]: The case of the ‘Singapore virus’, and why words matter

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We've updated the section on repatriation flights to India for clarity. The rating remains unchanged. - On 18 May, an article on Indian newspaper Hindustan Times made its rounds on…

Migrant workers in lorries – is it finally time for change?

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The issue of migrant workers being ferried in lorries has resurfaced in Singapore, following back-to-back fatal accidents in May. Once again, there are calls by the public and members of…

[COVIDWatch]: Are in-person private tuition lessons suspended from 19 May to 13 June 2021?

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We have been alerted to this message being forwarded on WhatsApp: Below is the attached image in full: The image appears to be a screenshot of an announcement made by…