Muhammad Haziq Syuwari Mahazir
Bahagian Pentadbiran & Perundangan Tanah,
Institut Tanah dan Ukur Negara (INSTUN), 35950 Behrang Ulu, Perak
Keywords: SNS, fake news, media literacy, SPSS
Misleading information and news circulating in Social Networking Sites (SNS) such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have led to an increasing trend of 'fake news'. This technology and modernisation in fake news spreading scenario happened in worldwide even though numerous numbers of laws and policies intervention have been implemented. Malaysia, a fast-developing country that has a high user of SNS as well as high internet penetration rate, is sadly still not information literate. Malaysian should emphasise more on information/ media/ digital literacy skill. Hence, this paper will study the factors contributing to fake news spreading in Malaysia. Therefore, these preliminary studies were conducted to identify the main factors that significantly contribute to this fake news rising patterns. A total of 196 respondents from PTD Cadet 2017 intake at INTAN Bukit Kiara participated in this study. The questionnaire has been chosen as the primary mechanism for this research to collect data and analysed by using Software Package for Social Study (SPSS) version 21 to determine the relationship between independent and dependent variables in this study. These findings will be beneficial and strengthen Malaysia new policies to mitigate the risk of spreading fake news as well as helping to boost the Malaysian media literacy rate.