Anyone can fall victim to fake news, even if you’re the Malaysian prime minister’s wife

Numerous organisations have been trying to tackle the spread of fake news for the better part of the past year.

And now it seems even the Malaysian Prime Minister’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor is not immune to it.

With the emergence of numerous fake Facebook accounts using her name, Rosmah revealed that even she has been a victim of fake news and cyber-bullying.

Speaking at the “Keep Our Women and Children #CyberSafe” seminar held on Oct 22, she urged people not to be fooled by malicious content being spread through these accounts, reported The New Straits Times.

The one-day seminar which saw about 1,200 participants, was organised by the National Council of Women’s Organisations Malaysia (NCWO) in collaboration with CyberSecurity Malaysia.

Relating her personal experience, she said: “I don’t have Facebook so please don’t be fooled… It is not mine. You all have been cheated”.

Rosmah added that she has managed to keep her cool thus far because she is not active on social media.

And this just means that she does not see a lot of the fake news that is being spread about her.

“I think it is a blessing in disguise because all those false stories about me… I don’t know (about them). Hence, I don’t get emotional or feel depressed about them”.

“I don’t own a smartphone, I’m still using an old antique Samsung phone”, says Rosmah.

Perhaps, ignorance really is bliss.

But she also stressed the importance of parents monitoring their children’s consumption of online material.

With Internet addiction becoming a growing problem, Rosmah believes that social skills, thinking, learning, emotions and even family ties can be negatively impacted.

She added that “an emptiness in family ties results in reduced instilling of noble values and role modelling which are crucial in nurturing children into becoming responsible adults who love peace“, reported Bernama.