Social media: Every day is April Fools' Day

Social media: Every day is April Fools' Day

Don't believe everything you read. Or at least, don't take it too seriously.

Last month, I wrote a column about Aaron Aziz being named Singapore's Most Popular Actor at the Social Star Awards.

The headline was: "Aaron Aziz has so many followers on Instagram, he may require an MDA licence."

Someone, presumably an Aaron Aziz fan, tweeted: "That was the last straw. MDA, YOU'VE COMPLETELY LOST IT."

Apparently, this person had barely tolerated the Media Development Authority's recently announced licensing scheme for Singapore news websites, but once the Government threatened to regulate his or her favourite actor's Instagram account, that was crossing the line.

Of course, Aaron doesn't really need to get an MDA licence despite having more than a quarter of a million Instagram followers. As with almost everything I do, the headline was a joke.

I thought the idea of MDA requiring the former Heartlanders star to get a licence for his Instagram was so ridiculous that no one could possibly believe that it was true.

Once again, I was wrong.

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