With the 14th general election around the corner, Barisan Nasional (BN) has rolled out a new portal called “theRakyat” in its effort to fight against fake news on social media.
According to The Star, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who launched the portal on 3 January 2018, said social media has become the primary source of information among the citizens. He added there is a need for a “platform that can be used to connect, and to spread accurate and quick information to the people” and that “every information in the portal must be authoritative.”
“In the 13th general election, we became the victim of fake news, although the term was not popular back then,” Najib Tun Razak said to the media, adding it believes that the same situation may happen during the upcoming election.
The new portal is an extension of the “e-rakyat” bulletin, which is now in its 20th edition since it was launched by the prime minister in March 2017. It is also an interactive platform for the public to voice their views and feedback.
Other information that are featured on the site includes Barisan’s candidates in the upcoming polls and one-on-one interviews with Barisan leaders in a programme called Bicara 4 Mata. Bicara 4 Mata will be aired on RTM and TV3 on alternate Wednesdays.
TheRakyat was also set up to serve as BN's official portal for its election slated to be in the near future, The New Straits Times said. In addition, it will be the official platform for BN for 14th general election, "in accepting the challenge of new media as main player in this election."