KUALA LUMPUR - In its bid to combat fake news on social media as the 14th general election looms, Barisan Nasional has rolled out its very own portal called “theRakyat”.
In launching the website last night, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said social media has become the primary source of information among the people.
“In the 13th general election, we became the victim of fake news, although the term was not popular back then.
“The reality is, fake news has become the Opposition’s weapon and has brought consequences to us,” Najib, who is also Barisan chairman, said in his speech.
“We believe the same thing will happen during the 14th general election.
“That is why we need a platform that can be used to connect, and to spread accurate and quick information to the people.
“In other words, every information in the portal must be authoritative,” Najib said.
The portal (therakyat.com) is also an interactive site for the public to present their views and feedback, he added.
Najib stressed that much effort was made by the Barisan-led Government and the coalition has a vision and concrete plan for the nation.
Also present at the launch were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk