Straits Times Online Mobile Print

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Straits Times Online Mobile Print
Type of site
Online journalism blog
Available inEnglish
FoundedJune 2006
Area servedSingapore
ParentSingapore Press Holdings
Websitewww.stomp.com.sg
Alexa rankDecrease 13,407 (May 2015) [1]
RegistrationNecessary
LaunchedJune 2006
Current statusActive

Straits Times Online Mobile Print (also abbreviated as STOMP or S.T.O.M.P) is a Singapore-based web aggregator and online journalism web portal managed by the Singapore Press Holdings.

Controversy[edit]

STOMP contributors, otherwise known as STOMPers, have been widely criticised for submitting xenophobic, racist and sexist content onto the portal. There are also instances of fabricated submissions targeting National Servicemen and commuters on public transport.[2]

In 2012, STOMP staff, 23-year-old Samantha Francis, was sacked after submitting a photo of an MRT train moving with the train doors wide open. It was later revealed that she had taken the photo off Twitter. The editor-in-chief, Mr Patrick Daniel, issued an apology to SMRT.[3]

On 24 March 2014, a STOMPer submitted a photograph of an NS man not giving up his seat to an elderly woman on the train. This photo was later found to be doctored – in reality, there was an empty seat next to the man which was cropped out of the photo.[4]

In April 2014, an online petition to close down the portal went viral. The petition garnered close to 23,000 signatures as of 15 April 2014. Robin Li, owner of the petition, stated: "STOMP has failed to rectify and set simple sensible guidelines before any irresponsible netizen contributes a fabricated story without getting the right facts."

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stomp.com.sg Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2015-05-03.
  2. ^ "Why does Stomp even exist?". The Independent. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  3. ^ "AsiaOne: Stomp Staff sacked over false MRT open door photo". Asia One. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  4. ^ "Straits Times portal's inaccurate report about NSman on train". The Online Citizen. Retrieved 2014-04-15.

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