After a meal with friends, Singaporeans often fight to pay for the bill "and belanja everyone". While this is not an uncommon sight here, it does not happen as frequently elsewhere, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday as he observed that this style of giving friends a treat is one of the ways Singaporeans show they care for one another.
Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan became a target of fake news yesterday when a website falsely reported that he had collapsed at a United Nations meeting and was in critical condition. Dr Balakrishnan, who is in New York for the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, took to Facebook to debunk the report. Describing it as fake news, he said: "I am fine in New York and looking forward to delivering my speech at the UN later today. Thank you all for your concern."
Around the world, governments and news organisations are focusing their attention on fighting the spread of misinformation. But it has been hard to nail down a definition of fake news, with the term having taken on different meanings for different people. With fake news widely used these days to describe anything from completely fabricated stories to propaganda to Internet hoaxes, people are understandably confused about what the term really encompasses.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".